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Coastal Interceptor Vessel Wins Award

by Norris Comer

InterceptorThe U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) announced that its next generation of Coastal Interceptor Vessel was recently named one of WorkBoat Magazine’s Significant Boats of 2016. The publication chooses ten boats and selects one as the Boat of the Year annually. The vessel’s owner, builder, and designer will be honored at the upcoming International WorkBoat show on December 1, 2016 in New Orleans.

The CIV was built by SAFE Boats International and will be operated by Marine Interdiction Agents in coastal waters to combat maritime smuggling and defend the waterways along our nation’s border. With a maximum speed of 58 knots, this 41-foot, 20,0000-pound vessel features marine surface radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors. She is pushed along with four 350-horsepower Mercury outboards.

Keep an eye out, for you may just see one of the new, award-winning Coast Interceptor Vessels zipping past along the Canadian border when you’re cruising the Salish Sea next summer.

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