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Steber International has launched the
latest addition to the fleet of the
Volunteer Marine Rescue, Mackay,
This vessel, 'Mackay Rescue 5', is
a Steber 11.58-metre commercial
vessel (Steber 38), manufactured to
the USL Code Class 2B with NSCV
upgrade, to operate in waters up to 100
nautical miles to sea and from the Port
The vessel is powered by twin
Cummins QSB5.9 Cummins diesel
engines, each rated at 265kW, and has a
top speed of 28 knots and a 300 nautical
mile fuel range.
Following extensive sea trials in the
Manning River, this vessel will be
delivered under its own power, from Taree
on the mid North Coast of New South
Wales to Mackay, Queensland in the
Whitsunday Islands area.
According to Steber, the vessel's
performance and handling capabilities,
in both adverse and sheltered
weather conditions is "second to none".
Several other Volunteer Marine Rescue
organisations in Queensland have
requested to view and test the vessel during
her maiden voyage.
Steber received the order in April 2010
and invested a construction time of over
5,500 man-hours, with tradesmen and
apprentices working side by side.
Meanwhile, Steber International
was acknowledged at the recent
Manning Valley Chamber of Commerce
Business of the Year Awards, presented
by the well-known Australian cricketer
Out of 42 companies nominated for
the prestigious awards, Alan Steber was
delighted to receive Overall Winner in the
category of Large Manufacturing.
On the night, Steber International
received three awards, including
Runner-up Overall Business of the Year,
Runner-up in the Environmental Award
as well as receiving the Overall Winner
in the category of Large Manufacturing.
Glenn McGrath, founder of the
McGrath Foundation was the guest
speaker and presenter.
Describing the last 12 months, Mr
Steber noted: "While many other boat
yards have struggled, and in fact some
have closed their doors, last financial
year was a record for our company for
both domestic and export sales. Our
factory expansion is almost complete
and we will soon be conducting
interviews for next year's apprentices."
According to Mr Steber, the coming
12 months should be equally bright.
With reference to 'Mackay Rescue 5', Mr
Steber said: "We anticipate orders for
similar vessels throughout Australia,
especially after receiving three business."
Aluminium Boats Australia's (ABA)
latest vessel, for Chinese owners, was
launched at a ceremony at the shipyard
on Thursday, September 23.
The vessel was named 'Carrie' by Miss
Madeline Whitewood, daughter of ABA's
Roy and Karen Whitewood. Also present
for the traditional breaking of a
champagne bottle on the bow of the
vessel was Mr Pan Hengli, Vice President,
Ramu NiCo Management (MCC), the
Hon. Paul Lucas, Queensland Deputy
Premier and Queensland government's
Special Trade Representative to China, the
Hon. Steve Bredhauer.
'Carrie' is a crew transfer catamaran for
the Papua New Guinea mine operations of
the China Metallurgical Group
Corporation-sponsored Ramu NiCo. With
a capacity for 52 passengers plus two
crewmembers, the 19-metre craft will
operate at a service speed of 22 knots with
a full-load deadweight of 6.95 tonnes.
ABA Marketing and International Sales
Manager, Justin Merrigan, commented,
"The 'Carrie' marks an important order
from China, being ABA's first foray into
Asia with a highly professional customer
with whom we have great hopes for a
long and fruitful working relationship."
Speaking as the vessel was launched,
ABA General Manager Stuart Pascoe told
guests, "I believe that we have constructed
a vessel that epitomises the strength of
ABA's relationship with Ramu NiCo and
their parent company, China Metallurgical
Group; a relationship developed in mutual
understanding and trust, engendered by
the Queensland State government's
support in securing the contract.
"We look forward to expanding our
international market over the long term.
We have demonstrated that Queensland
marine manufacturers can provide a
smart, safe, economical and cost-effective
product to the world, without subsidies
and without tariff support, working with
government and our clients," he said.
The vessel was due for delivery in
November and will sail to Madang Port
from Brisbane under her own power.
Aluminium Boats Australia launches first international vessel
'Mackay Rescue 5', the latest Steber
Glenn McGrath (right) presents the Taree Chamber
of Commerce Award for Large Manufacturing to
Steber Internationals Alan Steber
Steber launches new rescue boat; receives manufacturing award
November 2010 AUSMARINE
Representatives of Ramu NiCo Management
took delivery of the new crew transfer catamaran
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