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The Australian Government has opened a tender for the
services and materials for the acquisition and in-service
support of replacement Australian Customs' Bay-class vessels.
The existing fleet of eight Bay-class Australian Customs
Vessels (ACV) was introduced into service through between 1999
and 2000 with a useful life of ten years on Customs and Border
Protection-related operations. Built by Austal, these 38-metre
vessels have a speed of 24 knots and accommodation for 15.
The first vessel reached its "Life of Type" (LOT) in March 2009.
In June, the Maritime Acquisitions Branch released the
Request for Proposal (RFP) for the replacement of the vessels.
Among many varied roles, the vessels will be used for patrol,
response, surveillance, the enforcement of fisheries regulations
and maritime agreements, marine environment protection and
drug interdiction and anti-contraband operations.
In addition, the vessels will contribute to Customs and Border
protection activities and national tasks such as the participation
in Australian and foreign para-military exercises/activities;
regional engagement deployment; humanitarian/disaster relief
operations in Australia and overseas; medical evacuation; and the
collection of environmental data.
The time frame for the delivery of the eight new craft is five
years. The tender closes September 17, 2009.
Tender for eight Australian Customs patrol vessels
Australian Customs patrol boat docked at Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin,
Despite the global economic downturn,
Steber International secured an order for a
15.8-metre Medical Support Vessel at the
Dubai International Boat show in March.
The vessel will have unique
features including a stainless steel dive
recompression chamber as well as provision
for full medical stores, underwater security
cameras to a depth of 100 metres and
sophisticated electronic equipment.
Mr Steber said he is confident of
further export sale to the region, with
strong enquiries from Oman, Maldives,
Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi,
Qatar as well as Dubai itself.
Following return from Dubai, two
weeks of extensive submission of
quotations took place for vessels from
8.5-metre landing craft right through to
"Although the majority of our boats are
based on our commercial range of vessels,
our award winning 3800 and 4380 Sports
Cruisers are unique and stand out from
other leisure craft, " says Mr Steber.
With a factory full of boats, all being
built to order, and with the additional
export orders, production for 2009 will be
secure. This latest order will be the fourth
Steber in the Gulf Region.
Mr Steber also acknowledged that the
Dubai market was well aware of Steber's
reputation for quality and survey standards,
and confirmed that the industry is seeking
overseas assistance in these areas.
"We have been requested to provide a
quotation for training in the areas of
vessel handling as well as a maintenance
service department for a range of vessels,"
said Mr Steber.
Steber snares a work boat
contract in Dubai
Alan Steber successfully seals the deal for a
15.8-metre medical support vessel in Dubai
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