Safe Boats International has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to build up to 52 Coastal Interceptor Vessels (CIV).
The contract, if all options are executed, is valued at over $48 million. It will provide CBP with a state-of-the-art vessel that meets emerging Department of Homeland Security mission requirements.
Safe’s CIV is a 41’ rugged and highly maneuverable vessel, capable of high-speed interceptions and ultra-tight turns in close proximity to other vessels as well as open ocean speeds over 54 knots. 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, seizing the suspect vessel and contraband. The CIV is specifically configured to provide CBP marine interdiction agents a safe working platform with outstanding performance, seakeeping and mission capabilities.
Safe’s CIV is a variant of the Safe 41 Center Console-Offshore, a proven commercially available Interceptor design that is currently in service with the Royal Bahamian Police, Colombian navy and a number of private owners.
“We are gratified to be selected and entrusted with this program by the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection,” Dennis Morris, Safe Boat’s president and CEO said in a statement. “We understand how critical their mission is and believe that the Safe Boats CIV will insure effective mission execution for years to come.”
With the award of CIV, Safe Boats is now working on three major federal programs including the Coast Guard Over-the-Horizon (OTH) and the US Navy Mk VI high-speed patrol boat.
Safe Boats, based in Bremerton, Wash., is an aluminum boat manufacturer that has built scores of boats for defense, security, and first responder customers.