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News & Media

  • Port Stephens rescue vessel an investment in boating safety
  • June 25, 2016

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have welcomed the commissioning of a new $850,000 offshore rescue vessel to protect the boating community in the Port Stephens region.

Emergency Services Minister David Elliott, MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Directors and local dignitaries joined members of the Port Stephens unit at the ceremony to commission Port Stephens 31 (John Thompson).

Commissioner Tannos said Port Stephens 31 was a significant boost to the capability of search and rescue volunteers operating along the Hunter coastline.

“This new vessel, which was delivered to Marine Rescue Port Stephens earlier this month, is an important investment in boating safety on the busy waterways in this region,” he said.

“The state-of-the-art vessel further strengthens Marine Rescue’s strategic search and rescue safety net covering the NSW coastline and two high-risk inland waterways.”

The Steber 38 is the 66th vessel delivered, at a cost of more than $15.5 million, under the Marine Rescue NSW fleet modernisation program, providing its volunteers with safe, reliable and modern boats for their vital rescue work.

Named after John Thompson, a founding member of the unit, it replaces ageing offshore vessel, Port Stephens 40 (Danial Thain), which has been retired after 17 years’ service to the unit.

Commissioner Tannos said the new boat was purpose-designed, built and equipped for search and rescue.

“Our crews are professionally trained and resourced for their vital, life-saving roles,” he said.

“This boat is equipped with a full suite of the latest search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment, including a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen kit.

“Built by Steber International, at Taree, it also represents our strong support for a valuable skilled workforce in regional NSW.”

Commissioner Tannos thanked the State Government and members of the boating community for their support for Marine Rescue’s essential services.

MR Port Stephens Unit Commander Colin Cahill said Port Stephens 31 was designed to meet the unit’s operational demands in a variety of conditions on offshore and enclosed waters, particularly around the hazardous Broughton Island and in Nelson Bay.

“The new vessel arrived on the weekend of the severe June storms and our crews have since been committing a great deal of time and energy to a process of intensive familiarisation and training on board,” he said.

“PS 31 is a stable and safe vessel for our volunteers and is a really valuable boost to our capability, giving our crews additional speed and flexibility to respond to help boaters in trouble quickly and efficiently.”

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