Steber resort vessel heading for Hayman Island



Steber resort vessel heading for Hayman Island

Steber International’s latest vessel off its Taree production line will be heading for Hayman Island
after final fitout and sea trials on the Manning River.
The 38ft (11.5m) flybridge cruiser was launched on high tide following a dawn transfer from
Steber’s Elizabeth Street factory in an attempt to minimise disruption to other businesses in the
industrial area.
With a total height of 6.5m above the roadway the transfer was slow, with full escorts in place and
assistance from Essential Energy raising power cables.
The “Sun Aura II” will have a top speed of 30 knots carrying 16 passengers and crew in what will
be the Whitsunday’s premiere charter vessel.
Steber general manager, Alan Steber said: “This is the first resort boat to be built to the new
Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV)
Code”.
“Changes include the addition of structural fire protection, flood subdivision and stability criteria to
name just a few.
“Although the. Essex has minimal electronics, it is all state-of-the-art due to heightened
expectations of the new regulations”, Mr Steber said.
They new vessel is replacing Sun Aura I, built by Steber back in 1989 and still going strong. It will
be sold following arrival of the new vessel.
Hayman Island has undergone an extensive refurbishment since Cyclone Debbie in March, 2017
and Sun Aura II is an integral part of that “makeover”.

PHOTOS:

Above: Hayman Island resort vessel leaves dry land for the first time during its launch into the Manning River.

Below: Essential Energy staff assist with electricity lines during the early morning move.