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Christening day today

It’s a happy day for Williams Shipping as the company officially names its new Interceptor 48 Pilot Boat prior to her appearance tomorrow at Seawork.

Built by Safehaven Marine in Ireland, the ‘Willfreedom’ has been built for Williams Shipping operations at the Port of Southampton in the UK. She will be used primarily for crew transfer operations, passenger transfers and pilot transfers. The new fast launch vessel enables Williams Shipping to expand its current marine offering.

Powered by a pair of Scania DI13 500hp engines and fitted with a 7kw AC generator she has a top speed of 26kts operational speed. She is capable of carrying a total of 12 passengers and 2 crew. She utilises shock mitigation seating with a central helm position. She has a fully air-conditioned main cabin and a spacious lower forward cabin, allowing extended operations capability.

Pilot boat features include a special polyurethane bonded fendering system to fully protect her during boarding operations in heavy weather and she is fitted with Williams’ proven MOB recovery platform.

“Willfreedom will expand our fleet and allow us to complete quicker and safer passenger transfers across the south coast,” said Williams Shipping managing director, Philip Williams. He continues “It is also an opportunity to make more of our fleet available in our Pembroke Port base which expands our capabilities in the Port of Milford Haven. Everyone at Williams Shipping is very excited to christen ‘Willfreedom’ and see her in action”

Safehaven Marine are designers and builders of a wide range of vessels from FRP Pilot boats to unique custom private motor yachts. Established in 1996, Safehaven has built 150 vessels, supplied to 28 countries worldwide with over 50 pilot vessels in operation globally.

Exhibitors; Williams ShippingSafehaven Marine
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