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  • New Marine Rescue NSW boat and operations base on Sydney Harbour
  • February 27, 2019

Boaters will be safer on Sydney Harbour thanks to a new Marine Rescue NSW fast response search and rescue vessel and operations centre based in the city’s inner-west, Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti said today.

Mr Sidoti joined MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, Board Directors and volunteers at the Birkenhead Point Marina to officially open the new Marine Rescue Port Jackson unit base and commission the new rescue vessel, Port Jackson 20.

Mr Sidoti said the vessel was a significant boost to the Port Jackson unit’s rescue capability and would help ensure recreational boaters could enjoy Sydney Harbour, the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers and offshore waters safely.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is proud to have provided Marine Rescue’s volunteers with this state-of-the-art, fully-equipped search and rescue vessel worth $340,000, meaning our waters are safer in the Sydney region,” Mr Sidoti said.

“The 7.5-metre Naiad boat will give Marine Rescue’s dedicated volunteers on Sydney Harbour valuable operational flexibility and comes on top of the State Government’s recent $37.6 million investment in the organisation – the biggest in its history.”

Port Jackson 20 is among almost 90 new and refurbished rescue vessels delivered under Marine Rescue NSW’s ongoing fleet modernisation program. Powered by twin 150hp Suzuki outboards, it can operate out to 15 nautical miles offshore and as far upstream as Silverwater, with up to six crew members.

Mr Sidoti said the unit’s new operational base in the redeveloped marina provided the volunteers with the resources and facilities they needed to coordinate their rescue operations and training activities.

Commissioner Tannos said the Port Jackson unit’s crews had responded to 59 incidents on the water since the start of the peak boating season in October, returning nearly 200 boaters safely to shore. [HC1]

“Thanks to the ongoing support of the State Government and the boating community, we’ve been able to ensure our volunteers have modern, reliable and safe rescue vessels to assist boaters in times of trouble,” he said.

Marine Rescue Port Jackson Unit Commander Greg Urand welcomed the new vessel.

“Sydney Harbour is very busy during the summer months, so it’s fantastic to have a new boat equipped with search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment to help keep boaters safe. It’s also great for unit morale and recruitment,” he said.


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