Two new Steber vessels for Marine Rescue NSW



Two new Steber vessels for Marine Rescue NSW

Steber International will start construction almost immediately on two NSW Marine Rescue vessels following contract signing in Sydney.

The first of the two Steber 38s will be based at Port Stephens and the second at Port Macquarie, replacing an existing Steber 34 after about 15 years service.

General manager, Alan Steber said both vessels will feature fly bridges, which have proved beneficial in search and rescue operations when fitted to selected vessels currently in service.

“Construction time will be six-eight months, excluding the Christmas factory break, with work starting on the Port Stephens vessel first, followed about two months later by commencement of the Port Macquarie boat”.

“Steber’s have built a solid relationship with the NSW Marine Rescue Authority with our boats stationed along the coast, including Bermagui, Batemans Bay, Jervis Bay, Botany Bay, Shoalhaven, Pittwater, Sydney, Forster, Port Macquarie and Yamba”, he said.

Meantime, the Taree factory is a hive of activity, apart from the new boat builds for Marine Rescue and the collaboration with Van Diemen Luxury Craft on a 34ft tender vessel.

Two clients have just delivered their 36ft and 43ft vessels for major refits and showing the businesses versatility in fibreglass construction, have just completed a major waterslide project.

Refits and repairs are being carried out on several smaller boats and a testing tank for large mining truck radiators is being re-fibreglassed for Expressway Spares.

“Even though times are still tough in maufacturing, we at Steber feel we have turned the corner”, Mr Steber said.

“We have just added three new staff, and have commenced a training program to keep pace with current and expected orders”.

Photo: Marine Rescue Port Macquarie’s current 34ft Steber, about to be replaced by a new 38ft version.