Latest Steber rescue vessel crew training in Victoria

Latest Steber rescue vessel crew training in Victoria

The Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art vessel which will help improve response times and modernise the capability of the state’s Marine Search and Rescue Service.

Built by Steber International in Taree NSW the 38ft (11.46m) vessel named Rescue 202, is going into service with the Port Fairy Marine Rescue Service following road transport from Taree and final commissioning in Williamstown, Victoria.

Steber general manager, Alan Steber, said the vessel is fitted with long range fuel tanks, providing a range in excess of 300 nautical miles. Even after this range, there is a large reserve fuel capacity for that unexpected rescue task, without losing valuable time refueling.

The vessel was specifically designed to handle extreme weather conditions such as found in Bass Strait.

Features include:

. Twin Cummins 425hp diesel engines with a service speed of 25 knots (fully fueled and loaded with 10 people onboard) and sprint speed of 30 knots based on the same criteria.

. Furuno navigation and electronic equipment

. FLIR thermal imaging camera

. Life raft, buoys and a full range of safety equipment

The new search and rescue vessel will support the following operations: day/night search and rescue operations, support to government departments and emergency services, assisting and/or towing damaged or disable vessels, recovery and transport of sick or injured persons, support for aerial operations, fire fighting and flooded vessel assistance.

Steber International has built over 70 similar vessels for Customs, Defence, Police, Fisheries, Border Security and Marine Rescue services on behalf of the Australian Government and various State government departments.

PICTURED: Rescue 202 being launched onto the Manning River prior to sea trails and delivery to Victoria Marine Search and Rescue.