SAFE Boats delivers first coastal interceptor vessel to US CBP

SAFE Boats International (SBI), an aluminium boat manufacturer, has delivered its first Air and Marine Operations coastal interceptor vessel (CIV).

It has been delivered as part of a contract, which is valued at more than $48m if all options are exercised, from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO).

AMO has plans to acquire up to 52 new CIVs to meet the requirements of emerging Department of Homeland Security mission.

The CIV has been named Alexandria, and is the first CIV of SBI and the company's 2,000th delivered craft. It is a variant of SAFE 41 Interceptor.

SAFE Boats International president and CEO Dennis Morris said: "SAFE Boats is honoured to be delivering our milestone 2000th hull as the first Coastal Interceptor Vessel to US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations whose vital mission is to defend our great country.

"This is the next phase in a longstanding relationship we have with CBP dating back to 2002, and we are optimistic that other international defence agencies will be interested in the vessel for similar mission requirements."

Capable of cruising at speeds of over 54k, the 41ft-long CIV has been designed to conduct high-speed interceptions in close proximity to other vessels.

It can be deployed to perform a range of mission operations such as searching and following suspect vessels, arresting violators, take hold of the suspect vessel and contraband.

This new CIV offers a safe working platform to AMO Marine Interdiction Agents, while ensuring good performance, sea keeping and mission capabilities.

SAFE 41 Interceptor is currently being used by the Colombian Navy, the Royal Gibraltar Defense Forces, the Royal Bahamian Police, and several other private owners.