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The Australian Customs and Border
Protection Service launched a fleet of
nine Stabicraft Marine 659 Super Cab
boats at a ceremony in Brisbane attended
by Minister of Home Affairs Bob Debus
and several federal and state government
dignitaries earlier this month.
Stabicraft Managing Director Paul Adams
said during the May 6 ceremony that the
New Zealand company had designed the
boats to cope with rough water.
"Our two countries share far more than
a border, we have a whole sea in common
and at times it's a pretty treacherous one
so it makes good sense to navigate it
together," said Mr Adams.
Each of the nine 659 Super Cab boats
in the first customs order had to meet
stringent Australian survey requirements
with inspectors travelling to New Zealand
during various stages of construction.
Greg Corrigan of Stabicraft said the
boats would be used in a variety of roles,
mainly based around rivers and estuaries
with limited offshore work. The Australian
Customs and Border Protection Service's
fleet included vessels up to 38 metres in
length which could patrol 200 nautical
"The different classes of vessels we
operate mean we can stagger their
capabilities and ensures we have all
the bases covered when it comes to
stopping illegal activities and drug
importers," he said.
"Another of their great features is that
while they're heavy duty alloy construction,
they are considerably lightweight which,
when taking into account the price of fuel,
equates to being more economical both
when towing or in the water."
Stabicraft launches Australian Customs boats
Australian Minister of Home Affairs Bob Debus
and Stabicraft Managing Director Paul Adams
with the delivered boats at back
Two Western Australian companies have
cooperated to set new design and
construction standards for multi-million
dollar high speed vessels built specifically
for the Australian offshore market.
Fremantle maritime support company
Samson Maritime ordered two 40-metre fast
utility vessels from Henderson-based
Strategic Marine last July, with the first of
the vessels launched early in June at
Strategic's Singapore yard.
The vessel, named the 'Samson
Supporter', has a top speed in excess of 25
knots, business class seating for 50
passengers with the ability to increase
passenger numbers to 100 by utilising a
modular interior, accommodation for
twelve crew members, 120 square metres of
deck space, as well as a central deck house.
Some of the unique features of the
'Samson Supporter' are its use of dynamic
positioning to allow the vessel to remain
on station for extended periods and
conduct accurate ROV work, and a
one-square-metre moon pool to allow
hydrographic survey equipment to be
deployed in a secure housing.
The vessel also has an A-frame crane
installed on the aft of the cargo deck and
FiFi 1 capabilities for firefighting,
including a vessel deluge system.
Samson Maritime Director Jeremy
Williams said these features were not
required by industry standard crew boats,
meaning the two vessels were truly unique.
"This brand new design combines the
best of established maritime design
principles with leading edge technology,"
Mr Williams said.
"Importantly, these new vessels are
built to the stringent requirements needed
to operate them on the Australian coast.
These boats have the inbuilt flexibility to
allow them to perform a wide range of
both inshore and offshore maritime
support tasks, including high speed supply
runs, crew transfer, safety support and
intervention and inshore and offshore
survey tasks," said Mr Williams.
Strategic Marine launches 'Samson Supporter'
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