Home' Ausmarine : January 2011 Contents 'Mackay Rescue 5'
Type of vessel:
In survey to:
Electronics supplied by:
Volunteer Marine Rescue,
JRS Owen, The Meta
New South Wales
10.75 tonnes (full load)
2 x Cummins QSB5.9,
2 x Twin Disc
2 x Teignbridge propellers
1 x Lewmar, 6kW
300nm+ at 20 knots
TMQ AP 55
FLIR night vision camera
Muir VRC 2200
2 x 675 litres
The end of October saw a Steber vessel,
'Mackay Rescue 5', named as the fifth
volunteer rescue boat for Mackay.
The boat was commissioned at a
ceremony in the presence of 200 to 300
people including the Mayor of Mackay, and
many other dignitaries, guests and
Volunteer Marine Rescue Service personnel.
Alan Steber was introduced by the
Commander of the Volunteer Marine Rescue
(VMR), Mr Charlie Brownlow. Alan
commented that not only was it a proud
moment to take part in the commissioning of
this special vessel, but that Stebercraft takes
pride in maximising Australian content in
the construction of all their vessels.
Construction of this vessel took over
5,500 man hours and it has complex
electronics and rescue equipment installed.
The vessel attained a top speed of 29.5
knots during trials and its delivery from
Taree in New South Wales to Mackay in
Queensland used a little over 3,000 litres of
fuel. Mr Steber told the audience that it was
less costly to deliver the vessel by water
than by any other means of transportation,
such as road.
Following the commissioning ceremony,
Commander Charlie Brownlow commented
that the vessel significantly exceeded their
expectations, not only in finish and
performance, but the variations of the
VMR's choice, which were added during
construction, amounted to less that five
percent of the contract sum, which was
outstanding compared with other projects
they have ordered in the past from other
The keys were officially handed over to
the Commander by Mr Steber and,
following the ceremony, all guests were
invited to inspect the vessel.
A full familiarisation of the operations
and features of the vessel was carried out
with the VMR operators. A risk analysis was
carried out, going through the operator's
manual and the operations of the vessel
and manuals of equipment installed.
At the end of the day a number of
dignitaries went for a run out to sea to
experience the vessel's capabilities.
The FRP boat has an overall length of
11.46 metres on a beam of 3.844 metres
with a draught of one metre and a depth
of 1.3 metres.
Displacing 10.75 tonnes, 'Mackay
Rescue 5' is powered by twin Cummins
QSB5.9 engines, each rated at 355kW, with
power transferred via Twin Disc MGS061A,
2:1 reduction gears to drive Teignbridge
propellers. The boat also has a single 6kW
Lewmar bow thruster for manoeuvring.
For further information contact:
Steber International, New South Wales.
PH: (02) 6552 2577, FX: (02) 6551 0344,
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