Marine Rescue Port Stephens new 10 metre Naiad (NYE-ADD) replacement vessel has undergone a successful sea trial at Yamba in the state’s Northern Rivers.
Port Stephens 30 was constructed at Yamba Welding and Engineering and has been put through its paces on water by Marine Rescue NSW Senior Manager Fleet Kelvin Parkin.
“The boat has been performing very well and we’ve made a few improvements as we do for every single build.
“There are little things that we can improve on as far as ergonomics, drive, comfort for the crew and functionality of the vessel,” Mr Parkin said.
Marine Rescue NSW Hunter/Central Coast Zone Commander Steve Raymond and two crew members from the Port Stephens unit also took part in the sea trial.
The new vessel features an under-chine anchor system for improved crew safety and has a greater range for search and rescue missions.
“Port Stephens 30 is going to increase the capability of Marine Rescue Port Stephens giving them a bigger area that they can respond to.
“It is a lot safer and a lot quicker,” Zone Commander Raymond said.
The rescue vessel has a full Raymarine navigation suite and is powered by twin Suzuki 300 horsepower outboard engines capable of reaching a top speed of around 43 knots.
Marine Rescue NSW Coxswain and Port Stephens unit member Robert Johnson was impressed by the capability of the new vessel.
“We are looking forward to welcoming this boat into Port Stephens. It’s going to make a big difference and help us save lives,” Mr Johnson said.
The replacement Port Stephens 30 vessel has been partially funded by the NSW Government and will be transported to the Port Stephens base later this month where senior crew will undergo induction and training.
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