Safe Boats International (SBI) has completed the first “Coastal Interceptor Vessel” (CIV) for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO).
The vessel, the ‘Alexandria’ was Safe Boats’ first CIV, and the company’s 2,000th delivered craft.
The CIV is a 12.5-metre design and a variant of the SAFE 41 Interceptor. It is capable of high-speed interceptions in close proximity to other vessels as well as open ocean speeds at more than 54 knots.
Following the acceptance of this first vessel, AMO intends to acquire up to 52 of the new CIVs to meet emerging Department of Homeland Security mission requirements. The contract, should all options be executed, is valued at over US$48 million.
The CIV can be configured for a number of mission operations including pursuing suspect vessels for the purpose of boarding, searching, and when necessary, arresting violators and seizing the suspect vessel and contraband.