Safehaven Marine have launched ‘CTE Celso Madeira’, a 15m ‘Interceptor 48 pilot’ for pilotage operations at the Port of Sines in Portugal. The Port of Sines is Portugal’s largest container terminal and open to the Atlantic Ocean, as such often experiencing big seas during winter time making for tough conditions for pilotage at the port. Consequently seakeeping capabilities was a very important factor, the Port of Sines choosing Safehaven’s Pilot 48 which is renowned for its excellent rough weather capabilities.
Celso Madeira is Powered by a pair of Volvo D13 500hp engines providing her with an economical 25kts operational speed. She has the capacity to carry 5 pilots and 2 crew comfortably all on shock mitigation seating. Full live aboard facilities are provided in her spacious forward accommodation area. Her hull is fitted with a bonded high impact resistant polyurethane fender system incorporating a special larger fender arrangement at the boarding area softening impacts and creating a gap for the ships pilot ladder to lie without becoming trapped. A pilot boarding ladder is fitted on the port side. Two means of MOB recovery systems are incorporated, Safehaven’s tried and tested lifting transom platform, and a Jasons cradle system for deployment on the side decks.
She is the 26th Interceptor 48 built and our 49th pilot boat supplied globally. With sea trials and commissioning completed, she was delivered in early January.
Video of CTE Celso Madeira during rough weather sea trials in 5-6m breaking seas and 50kt winds an 6m swells 25 miles offshore