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  • Boost to marine radio services thanks to $70,000 IMB grant
  • October 30, 2018

Marine Rescue Port Kembla is undertaking a major technical upgrade of its Search and Rescue Coordination Centre and radio base at Hill 60 in readiness for the peak summer boating season.

Marine Rescue NSW Illawarra Regional Operations Manager Bruce Mitchell said the project would boost the unit’s 24/7 marine radio monitoring of the Illawarra region’s coastal waters.

Hill 60 takes thousands of marine radio calls and coordinates numerous rescue missions in response to emergencies and incidents on the water every year.

“The unit is able to install new digital marine radio communications equipment thanks to the IMB Community Foundation’s generosity in providing a $70,000 grant for the project,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This is a great advance for MR Port Kembla. This new-generation technology will provide the unit with increased monitoring and coordination capacity and the boating community with improved radio safety services.

“The computerised radio dispatch system being installed replaces the traditional hand-held marine radios to enable our radio operators to more effectively monitor the airwaves for calls from boaters in trouble and deploy a rescue vessel in response to an emergency.

“The installation work has been scheduled ahead of the peak boating season and is expected to be completed by the end of next week.”

Mr Mitchell said the unit had put measures in place to maintain its services during the change-over to the new equipment over the coming week.

“Port Kembla’s radio operations will be temporarily relocated from Hill 60 to a mobile communications base during daylight hours through this process,” he said.

“Overnight, VHF radio calls to the unit will be monitored centrally from Sydney. The unit’s operations also will be supplemented by the Marine Rescue Shoalhaven radio base, which will operate around-the-clock during this period.”

Mr Mitchell said boaters should continue to call the MR Port Kembla call sign.

“While we have put these measures in place, 27 MHz coverage around Wollongong will be interrupted from 8pm to 5am,” he said. “VHF and 27 MHz transmissions from boats close to cliffs in the area from the Royal National Park to Kiama may also be affected around the clock.

“Boaters planning on travelling in these areas should test their radio reception while under way and have alternative means of communication on board such as a fully-charged mobile or satellite phone.

“Boaters also can call the MR Port Kembla unit direct on 02 4274 4455 at all hours to Log On and Off or to call for assistance and also use the MarineRescue app to Log On and Off.”


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