PORT OF CORK NAMES NEW PILOT BOAT “FAILTE”

PORT OF CORK NAMES NEW PILOT BOAT “FAILTE”

Thursday 09 August 2012

The Port of Cork today (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”.

Captain Pat Farnan, Harbour Master and Deputy Chief Executive of the Port of Cork continued “Our pilots and launch crew provide a service that is second to none. Their skill and seamanship has seen some of the world’s largest vessels such as the “Queen Mary 2” and the “Independence of the Seas” navigated safely in and out of our Port and I have no doubt “Failte” will serve the Port well for many years to come. The launches are required to operate in all weather conditions, 365 days a year and must be built to a very high standard to make this possible.”

Safehaven Marine is a local Cork based company, employing 25 staff in Little Island and Youghal. Since the company was founded in 2008, they have 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.

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.