Home' Ausmarine : November 2012 Contents 'MV Kara'
Type of vessel:
In survey to:
Harbour support craft
Jervis Bay, New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales
2 x Caterpillar C7;
2 x Twin Disc MG 5061A
Navnet 3D Multifunction
Navnet 3D 24nm DR52D
Icom IC-M505B UHF
Stebercraft delivers fifth Steber 43 to the Royal Australian Navy
By JONATHAN WALLIS
New South Wales-based boat builder
Stebercraft has recently launched and
delivered the fifth vessel in their successful
"Steber 43" commercial series of harbour
The vessel follows her four sisters in being
operated by DMS Marine and subcontracted
to the Royal Australian Navy. These vessels
have all been built for permanent
assignment assisting the Sydney-based RAN
dive team. Whilst being highly versatile
harbour support craft, they have also served
admirably as diving auxiliaries.
Constructed of FRP, the 'MV Kara'
measures 13.8 metres overall, with a beam of
4.7 metres and loaded draught of 1.1 metres.
Loaded displacement is 18 tonnes.
Powered by twin C7 Caterpillar engines,
each rated for 276kW via two Twin Disc
MG5061A gearboxes, the vessel achieved a
maximum speed of 23 knots and an
economical cruising speed of 16 knots. With
a fuel capacity of 2,000 litres, the craft has a
range of 380 nautical miles.
On board, the wheelhouse has large
windows, good all round vision and a
washroom/toilet on the port side and a
compact galley. Accommodation for four can
be found forward and below in V berths.
According to Alan Steber from Stebercraft,
the project for the RAN has proved
"remarkably successful". Stringent
commissioning trials of the vessels were
undertaken on the Manning River before
navigating the craft across
the Harrington Bar and
south to Jervis Bay, New
South Wales, where the
'MV Kara' will be based.
Following the delivery
of the other four
craft, Alan Steber has
vessel familiarisation and
training for the Defence
and Navy personnel who
will be operating them.
of harbour support
vessels have proved to
be a success for the
on the series have
been ordered and
delivered to both
commercial operators and
government agencies for
various roles around
and coastline, from
harbour support, to dive
support, state police
and patrol, customs,
fisheries, shark meshing,
rescue, surveillance and
commercial charter work.
Centrally located on the east coast of
New South Wales and with no hardstand
fees, Stebercraft offer quality workmanship,
complete refurbishment capabilities
For further information contact:
Stebercraft, New South Wales.
November 2012 AUSMARINE
Links Archive October 2012 December 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page