Home' Ausmarine : December 2009 Contents The Royal Australian Navy's heavy landing ship HMAS
'Tobruk' arrived in Apia, the capital of Samoa, on November
10 to deliver humanitarian aid coordinated by AusAID as part
of the ongoing support to Samoa and Tonga following the
tsunami that devastated parts of both island nations on
The Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign
Affairs, the Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele
Malielegaoi, and members of his cabinet were at the wharf to
greet the Australians.
HMAS 'Tobruk's' Commanding Officer, Commander Peter
Thompson, said the ship had been loaded with over 500 tonnes
of equipment and donations from Australia to assist Samoa and
Tonga rebuild essential services damaged in the tsunami.
The Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Matt Anderson,
said the donation of relief aid including the fire truck from the
Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade would assist the
"Having the latest equipment means they can bring the latest
in fire fighting techniques to bear as soon as they're able to. It's a
capacity to save lives," Mr Anderson said.
The AusAID relief package delivered by 'Tobruk' also contains
heavy earthmoving equipment and construction supplies to
assist with the rebuilding operation, humanitarian aid and other
items donated by non-government organisations in Australia.
It also includes a large consignment of donated goods from
the Australian community that was coordinated by the Samoan
and Tongan High Commissions in Australia.
Incat Crowther has been awarded
a contract to design a second utility
catamaran for Offshore Unlimited
The contract comes after Incat
designed the 24-metre utility catamaran,
'Unlimited' for the same operator.
The new vessel will be a 29-metre
high-speed catamaran capable of carrying
50 tonnes of deadweight. The aft deck,
with a cargo capacity of 24 tonnes, is
configurable for multiple uses. It includes
a large moon pool for exploration
services, securing points for two 20-foot
containers, a Heila deck crane capable of
lifting 6.7 tonnes and a removable
hydraulic five tonne A-Frame including a
The vessel will have a beam of 8.5
metres and a draught of 1.2 metres. Two
Caterpillar C 32 ACERT engines power
The catamaran will be built in survey
to the rules and regulations of Marine and
Safety Tasmania (NSCV 2A).
As with 'Unlimited', the new vessel
will feature a towing hook enabling the
vessel to undertake lightweight tug
duties. The vessel will have a bollard pull
of twelve tonnes.
The vessel will have an extended range,
allowing the operator to reposition the
vessel far more effectively.
Like its predecessor, the vessel will
be built at Richardson Devine Marine
in Hobart, with delivery expected in
Incat Crowther to design 29-metre utility catamaran for repeat customer
Designs for the 24-metre utility catamaran, 'Unlimited'. The new utility catamaran will be 29
metres in length
Royal Australian Navy delivers aid to tsunami-hit Samoa
December 2009 AUSMARINE
Unloading aid from the HMAS 'Tobruk' in Apia, Samoa
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