Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

New offshore rescue vessel to be officially commissioned at Woolgoolga

by Ken McManus on 5 Oct 2012
New rescue vessel commissioned for Marine Rescue Woolgoolga Marine Rescue NSW http://www.marinerescuensw.com,.au
Today, at Woolgoolga, a new $337,000 offshore rescue vessel will be officially commissioned, boosting the emergency capability of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers on the State’s Mid North Coast.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Police and Emergency Services Minister Geoff Provest will commission Woolgoolga 30 in a ceremony attended by Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser, MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, Board members John Lynch and Peter Campton and volunteers.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the 9 metre vessel was a valuable addition to marine search and rescue resources on the Mid North Coast.

'Woolgoolga 30 forms an important part of Marine Rescue’s strategic safety net of offshore rescue vessels covering the NSW coastline,' Commissioner Tannos said.

'This rapid response vessel is the latest to be delivered as part of our ongoing project to upgrade our rescue fleet along the coastline through the financial support of the NSW Government and the boating community.

'Woolgoolga 30 is a significant investment in the safety of local and visiting boaters and also of our volunteers.'

The vessel, featuring an Ellis alloy hull, fibreglass cabin and solid buoyant collars, can travel up to 30 nautical miles offshore. It replaces the unit’s previous 11-year-old vessel, Woolgoolga 20, a 7.7m aluminium monohull, which was restricted to travelling 15 nm offshore.

In 2011, Woolgoolga unit members assisted 18 people aboard 11 vessels, worth $116,000. So far this year, the unit has gone to the aid of another 17 people on 8 vessels valued at $113,000.

Woolgoolga Unit Commander Ken Heath said Woolgoolga 30 provided the unit’s volunteers with a light-weight, speedy and highly-manoeuvrable vessel.

'Our rescue crew has been enthusiastically training on this vessel, which is well equipped to ensure that our volunteers can work efficiently, safely and swiftly to help boaters in trouble on the water,' he said.

'This boat is a significant upgrade over our previous vessel, with new radar and navigation equipment, as well as radios and electrical systems.'

State of the art electronics installed on MRNSW vessels include Raymarine navigation, Icom marine radios, Furuno AIS (Automatic Identification System) and FLIR night vision, along with advanced first aid equipment including cardiac defibrillator and oxygen.

Commissioner Tannos paid tribute to the unit’s volunteers for their dedication to serving the region’s boating community.

'The Woolgoolga members are tremendously committed to saving lives on the water, giving their time selflessly to respond to emergencies, attend regular training and conduct education and fundraising activities,' he said.

'This is a busy fishing and boating region, with visiting boaters swelling the local population over summer to take advantage of the favourable weather and boating conditions along this stretch of the Northern NSW coastline.'

Commissioner Tannos acknowledged the vital support of the State Government and the boating community for Marine Rescue’s essential services.

'Our number one priority is safety on the water for both our volunteers and the boating community,' he said.

'The financial support we receive from the Government and through boaters’ registration and licence fees provides about 50 per cent of the annual budget we need to provide NSW with a world-class marine search and rescue, radio network and education service for safer boating.

'Even with this funding support, as a community-based organisation, we still need to rely on our volunteers’ energetic fundraising to contribute towards the $14 million we need to provide our valuable services.

'I’d encourage members of the community to support their local Marine Rescue unit’s summer raffle. First prize in each raffle is an AnglaPro MR384 runabout, fitted with a 9.9 HP 4-stroke Suzuki outboard, on a Dunbier trailer, valued at almost $9000.'

Commissioner Tannos reminded boaters to always log on and log off with their local Marine Rescue radio base whenever they are on the water. Marine Rescue NSW website
T Clewring J-classAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

PredictWind - One stop shop
PredictWind have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software PredictWind the world leader in forecasting believe that more is better, and have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software.
Posted on 15 Aug
Marine Resources job updates
Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Jobseekers register your CV now to receive the latest vacancies and be matched to your ideal job. Employers choose from a variety of recruitment options which include a full consultancy service as well as a unique job advertising package.
Posted on 11 Aug
America's Cup - Southern Spars to build AC50 for Emirates Team NZ
Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran One of the world's leading composite engineering companies, Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran for the 35th America’s Cup campaign. The move marks a shift away from Cookson Boats who have been Team New Zealand's boatbuilder since 2000. No reasons have been given for the decision to change the builder.
Posted on 24 Jul
Upffront.com - Tuff Luff and Harken Headfoils
Upffront.com is a comprehensive online purchasing platform for performance sailing hardware and rigging systems Upffront.com is a comprehensive online purchasing platform for performance sailing hardware and rigging systems; orders are processed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we deliver to customers located anywhere in the world.
Posted on 8 Jul
Barz floating sunglasses - Ideal for sailing in rough conditions
Our SAN JUAN floating model fitted with 1.1mm Acetate Lenses have a density of 0.95 GM/ML Barz floating sunglasses float in rough conditions. Most sunglasses that say they float, only float in the bathtub as once they break surface tension (or if there is any movement on top of the water)... down they go...
Posted on 7 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
11th Hour Racing to present at annual Green Sports Alliance Summit
11th Hour Racing is headed to Houston, Texas, to present at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit 11th Hour Racing is headed to Houston, Texas, to present at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30, the world’s largest gathering for the sports community around sustainability, including both professional and collegiate sports teams, leagues and venues.
Posted on 25 Jun
PredictWind - Stunning new forecast maps
When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. The mapping technology was rebuilt to be faster, have smaller downloads and be able to smoothly animate PredictWind’s advanced forecasts. Following the success of the Offshore App, we’re releasing this unique display technology across all other platforms, including the forecast website, Android and iOS Apps
Posted on 24 Jun
Extreme Sailing Series™ partners with Cisco Systems
The global technology company will provide exclusive networking solutions that will transform wireless connectivity The first venue at which members of the public, race officials and sailors will benefit from the Cisco WiFi solutions will be Cardiff – the third Act of the 2016 season – where the action gets underway on the water on 23 June. As an Official Series Supplier, Cisco will provide similar facilities at the remaining Acts of 2016.
Posted on 22 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race makes key changes to its leadership team
The re-shuffle which follows Mark Turner’s appointment as CEO, is aimed at driving innovation of sailing’s offshore race Lawrence is currently Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, and arrives with bags of sailing and commercial expertise, having previously managed events in all of the territories that will be visited during the 2017-18 edition.
Posted on 21 Jun