JUNE 2, 2016 — A Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV) completed by SAFE Boats International (SBI), Bremerton, WA, is not only its first CIV to be built under a contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), but its 2,000th delivered craft.
Named Alexandria in a ceremony held May 26, the vessel is the first of up to 52 CIVs to be delivered to CBP's Air and Marine Operations (AMO) under a contract worth over $48 million, should all options be executed.
The CIV is a 41-foot rugged and highly maneuverable vessel, capable of high speed interceptions in close proximity to other vessels as well as open ocean speeds at well over 54 knots. It 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. It is specifically configured to provide AMO Marine Interdiction Agents a safe working platform with outstanding performance, sea keeping and mission capabilities.
The AMO CIV is a variant of the SAFE 41 Interceptor, a reliable and proven commercially available design currently in service with the Royal Bahamian Police, Royal Gibraltar Defense Forces, Colombian Navy and a number of private owners.
"SAFE Boats is honored to be delivering our milestone 2000th hull as the first Coastal Interceptor Vessel to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations whose vital mission is to defend our great country" commented Dennis Morris, President and CEO. "This is the next phase in a longstanding relationship we have with CBP dating back to 2002, and we are optimistic that other international defense agencies will be interested in the vessel for similar mission requirements."