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  • $426,000 rescue vessel strengthens Mid North Coast safety net
  • August 20, 2013

Photo: The official commissioning of Trial Bay 30 on August 17

A new $426,000 offshore rescue vessel was officially commissioned at Trial Bay on Saturday (August 17), boosting the emergency capability of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers on the State’s Mid North Coast.


MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Board Directors joined members of Marine Rescue Trial Bay and local dignitaries, including Kempsey Shire Mayor Liz Campbell, at the formal commissioning ceremony for Trial Bay 30.


Commissioner Tannos said the 10 metre Naiad was able to travel up to 15 nautical miles offshore, making it a valuable addition to marine search and rescue resources on the Mid North Coast.


Trial Bay 30 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,” Commissioner Tannos said.


“This rapid response vessel 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 NSW boating community.


Trial Bay 30 is a significant investment in the safety of local and visiting boaters and also of our volunteers. Built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, it is also an investment in jobs in regional NSW.”

The boat is the second recent addition to Marine Rescue Trial Bay’s response capability, following the delivery in May of a $14,000 Seadoo jet ski, which is particularly suited to operating in tricky bar conditions.

Trial Bay 30 is the third 10m Naiad in the MRNSW fleet, joining those at MR Merimbula and Lake Macquarie, but the first to feature a solid, puncture-proof, EVA foam collar, rather than inflated sponsons (or buoyancy tubes).


The vessel is fitted with dual fuel tanks, powered by twin 250hp Suzuki engines and can reach speeds above 40 knots (74 km/h).


So far this year, Trial Bay unit members have assisted 12 vessels in trouble on local waters.


Trial Bay Unit Commander Chris Mainey said Trial Bay 30, delivered in May, was chosen for its reliability, added flexibility and suitability for local conditions, especially on the bay and work in the river.


“This is a great asset for the unit and for boaters. It is a faster response vessel with much more sophisticated radar, navigation and radio equipment, making us more effective than before,” 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 is also an excellent training platform and enables us to offer the opportunity for more volunteers to join us and develop boating skills to a professional standard.”


State of the art electronics installed on MRNSW vessels include Raymarine navigation, Icom marine radios, Furuno AIS (Automatic Identification System) and FLIR thermal imaging cameras, along with cardiac defibrillators and oxygen therapy equipment.


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


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


“This is a busy fishing and boating region, with visiting boaters swelling the local population over summer to take advantage of the favourable weather and boating conditions along this stretch of the coastline.”


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 a lifejacket when on board 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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