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.

New Vessel is on its way!

Since our last update we have been extremely busy behind the scenes organising transport and ensuring our new vessel is compliant to operate in our local Tassie waters.

Our new vessel was lifted on March 3rd by Burpengary Crane Hire and put on the back of a truck from Gradco (Heavy Haulage Specialists) at Marine Rescue Bribie Island. From there it will make the long drive (approx 1,750km) down to Melbourne where it will be placed on a ship bound for Tasmania.

A big thank you to both Burpengary Crane Hire and Gradco for their assistance in ensuring that the new vessel arrive to us safely.

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.

Photo Credit – Marine Rescue Bribie Island 445 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmrbribie/

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.