New Steber MR vessel for Port Macquarie



New Steber MR vessel for Port Macquarie

It’s been a long time coming but Port Macquarie Marine Rescue’s new 38ft rescue vessel has finally crossed the Hastings River bar for the first time.
Built by Steber International at Taree, and launched just weeks ago, the vessel has been undergoing extensive pre-delivery testing, sea trials and crew training.
General manager, Alan Steber said: “It’s a real case of out with the old and in with the new as the 38 replaces a Steber 34, which was delivered last century!
“The old 34 was powered by twin 300hp Yanmar diesels and had no faults or leaks in 18 years of service. It is currently undergoing a refit at Steber’s Taree factory before starting a new life as a charter vessel based out of Newcastle.
“The new 38 is powered by twin 420hp Yanmars and features a unique flybridge to assist with search and rescue operations.
“Featuring the latest electronics, PM30 has improved towing power from beyond the continental shelf, as well as a special independent fire fighting system, with gunwhale-mounted high pressure nozzle and swivel attachments”.
Other special inclusions sure to be appreciated by crews include: a drop down aft landing platform; dual suction hose facility to pump out sinking of stranded craft; two metre overhead cockpit canopy for sun and all-weather protection, as well as 240v AC power onboard.
A trio of Steber-built vessels (PM30 – Port Macquarie, FO30 – Forster and PS31 – Port Stephens) now patrol a unique section of the NSW coastline covering 152 nautical miles.
In addition to these latest vessels, Steber designed and built rescue boats are also based at Yamba, Pittwater, Sydney, Jervis Bay, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Nowra and Bermagui.
“Coupled with Water Police vessels at Botany Bay, Pittwater, Sydney and Newcastle, the Steber brand is well and truly entrenched on the NSW coastline as the leading search and rescue for government and semi-government operations”, Mr Steber concluded.

PHOTOS:
1. Port Macquarie Marine Rescue skippers and crew gather for a team photo prior to the launch of PM30 into the Manning River at Taree.
2. The old and the new, together on the water for the last time.
3. Crew test the unique fire fighting capabilities of the PM30.

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