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The craft of choice for waterborne government agencies
By MIKE BROWN
There are people for whom the sight of a
Swift RIB approaching them means a
day out ruined, as the likelihood of the
Swift belonging to the Water Police,
Fisheries or Marine Parks agencies
Swifts are the craft of choice for
waterborne government agencies. Features
include self-fendering hulls (that cause no
alarm in customers with immaculate
fibreglass hulls), high levels of stability and
benchmark quality seakeeping.
Swift hulls are built of high tensile
aluminium plate and are fully compliant to
Lloyd's Register rules. All hull welds are
double continuous and the tubes are
constructed from heavy-duty commercial
The management and design team at
Swift know what it's like to be out at sea in
hot, cold or adverse conditions. They also
understand that the people who operate
these boats cannot afford the luxury of
waiting for a nice day to go boating. The
vessel has to be designed to ensure that its
crew are well accommodated and protected
from the elements.
Swift's many little ideas, such as the
Converta seats and wind deflector screens,
make a huge difference to ride experience.
Taken together, these enhancements
significantly influence how the crew feels
when they've been told they need to stay
out for "a few more hours".
But these are just RIBs. Swift Marine has
also made a name for itself in small barges
and work vessels. The boat that rescues you
is just as likely to be a Swift vessel as the
boat that books you.
The New South Wales State Emergency
Service has a large fleet of special Swift
water rescue boats and barges, and these
can be seen plying the swollen rivers and
inundation zones whenever there is a flood
event. In NSW, the police have recently
taken possession of a number of smaller
flood patrol boats from Swift Marine. These
will police flood zones -- protecting the
property of people (who have already
suffered enough from flooding) from the
looting of their unguarded property.
Swift flood boats have built up an
enviable reputation amongst volunteers and
professionals alike for their toughness and
handling in floodwaters. The boats have
extravagant quantities of foam flotation and
heavily built, high tensile aluminium hulls
for absolute integrity. Swift flood boats can
be equipped with side or ramp doors and
come ready to go on a specially built Swift
When a government department buys a
boat, they have the right to expect that it
will be able to work flat out all day, every day
and not have to be handled with kid gloves.
There is very little at the smaller end of
aluminium boat building that Swift Marine
cannot cater for.
For further information contact:
Swift Marine, Queensland.
As well as RIBs, Swift Marine designs and builds a range of small aluminium barges and work vessels
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