Ireland: Safehaven Marine and Port of Cork Name New Pilot Boat ‘Failte’
The Port of Cork on Thursday, 9 August 2012, officially named a new pilot boat at the Port of Cork City Marina. Built by Safehaven Marine, “Failte” will be replacing the “Sonia” which was named after Sonia O’Sullivan and has served the Port gallantly for the past fourteen years.
Dermot O’Mahoney, Chairman of the Port of Cork said “An Irish welcome is synonymous with the Port of Cork and reflects our attitude to all vessels that call to our harbour so it is fitting that we are christening our new pilot boat “Failte” today”.
Safehaven Marine, Managing Director Frank Kowalski commented “We are delighted to once again be supplying the Port of Cork’s new pilot vessel, “Failte” having also built their last new pilot boat, the “Gleann Mór” six years ago. It is extra special for us to be working with our local Port in delivering this vessel, which is a proud example of our high level design and engineering.”
The pilot launches undertake in excess of 3,000 services per annum to vessels of all types including cruise ships and cargo vessels.
Since Safehaven Marine was founded in 2008, the company supplied pilot boats to countries across the globe from Scandinavia to the Middle East and are now one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of GRP pilot boat.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, August 13, 2012; Image: safehavenmarine