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  • $270,000 rescue vessel strengthens Greater Sydney safety net
  • June 14, 2013

Photo:  Port Hacking 30 on patrol off Cronulla

Marine Rescue Port Hacking’s new $270,000 offshore rescue vessel will be officially commissioned tomorrow at the unit’s new home base at the Hungry Point Reserve, Cronulla.

Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher and Federal Member for Cook Scott Morrison will join the MRNSW Board, Commissioner Stacey Tannos and volunteers from the Port Hacking unit for the commissioning ceremony for Port Hacking 30.

Commissioner Tannos said the 8.5 metre Kevlacat was able to travel up to 15 nautical miles offshore, making it a valuable addition to marine search and rescue resources in Greater Sydney.

“Port Hacking 30 will be the third Kevlacat deployed in the region, with its sister ships already on duty on local waters with Marine Rescue Botany Bay and on Sydney Harbour with Marine Rescue Port Jackson,” Commissioner Tannos said.

“The vessel forms an important part of Marine Rescue’s strategic safety net of rescue vessels covering the NSW coastline and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama.

“It is one of more than 30 new and refurbished vessels delivered to date at a cost of $9 million as part of our ongoing project to upgrade our rescue fleet through the financial support of the NSW Government and the boating community.”

Port Hacking Unit Commander Noel Parkinson said Port Hacking 30 was a great asset for the unit and for boaters needing help in an emergency on the water.

“It is a faster response vessel than our previous boat and is fitted with much more sophisticated radar, navigation and radio equipment,” he said.

“It is well equipped to ensure that our volunteers can work efficiently, safely and swiftly to help boaters in trouble on the water.”

The vessel will be stationed at the duty wharf at the Hungry Point Reserve, providing fast access to the busy waters of Port Hacking, Bate Bay, Botany Bay and adjacent coastal fishing and cruising areas.

UC Parkinson said the Cronulla site was now home to both the Port Hacking and Botany Bay units, as well as the Marine Rescue NSW State Headquarters.

“This is a tremendous advance for the 130-or-so volunteers from these two units, who have not had a home base before we moved into our new home here at Cronulla at Easter,” he said.

“We now have room for our regular unit meetings and training activities and administration and kitchen facilities, as well as storage space for our rescue equipment and a mooring for Port Hacking 30.

Commissioner Tannos paid tribute to the unit’s volunteers for their dedication to serving the region’s boating community.

“The Port Hacking members are committed to saving lives on the water, giving their time to respond to emergencies, attend regular training and raise funds,” he said.

Commissioner Tannos acknowledged the vital support of the State Government and the boating community for Marine Rescue’s essential services.

“The financial support we receive from the Government and through boaters’ registration and licence fees provides about 50 per cent of the annual budget we need to provide NSW with a world-class marine search and rescue, radio network and education service for safer boating,” he said.

Commissioner Tannos reminded boaters to always wear their lifejackets and to Log On and Off with their local Marine Rescue radio base whenever they were on the water. To find your local base, visit


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