Work continues getting our new vessel rescue ready

Although COVID-19 has placed some challenges on our organisation, getting our new vessel ready for summer has started to continue after we took a small break to ensure our volunteers where kept safe during these uncertain times.

Installation of our Raymarine electronic equipment from Bendigo 1 continues which includes Chart Plotter's, FLIR (Infrared Night Vision Camera), Radar, GPS, AIS & Depth sounder.

We continue to work with the necessary anchorites (AMSA, MAST & SLST) to ensure Kingborough Rescue 1 has the relevant paperwork to allow it to operate as a rescue vessel in our Tasmanian waters.

Our on water Boat Lift System is currently being built by a local company PFG Group at Goodwood, Tasmania.

Replacement Vessel and AirBerth

We are extremely excited to announce that we have been successful in our grant application with the Tasmanian Community Fund.

This grant will allow us to purchase a replacement marine search and rescue vessel as well as an air launching berth purpose fit to respond to incidents as well as expand and provide additional services to various communities of southern Tasmania.

The vessel and launching berth will enable faster response times in emergencies, provide assistance to Tasmania Police in a search and rescue capacity, and provide water safety to a number of community groups and events. The vessel has a proven hull design, modern outboards and is fitted with current navigation and radio equipment, providing a safer and reliable vessel for our volunteers.

The vessel was used by Marine Rescue North Stradbroke Island and is an 8.8 metre Noosa Cat powered by twin Suzuki 250hp outboard motors.

While it’s still early days, over the next few months we will be organising transport, minor maintenance, electronic fit out (migrate from current vessel to new), testing and crew familiarisation.

To stay up to date on the progress of our new vessel, like our Facebook page or keep an eye on our website for further details and updates as well as information on the official launch.

Grant: Our Neighbourhood, Australia Post

Boating community awareness: What to do in an Emergency on water

This grant will support production of "What to do in an Emergency on Water" information resources which promote safety on the water awareness to the boating public.


Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough is a volunteer marine rescue emergency service covering the waterways from Hobart to Southport, in Tasmania.

As well as a rescue services on the water, they provide public education and safety programs and produce educational support materials for the boating public with the aim of promoting awareness of disasters at sea and reducing the effect of such disasters and emergencies in the area.