New state-of-the-art vessel to improve safety down south

22 January 2021

NSW Maritime has today taken delivery of a new state-of-the art patrol boat which will improve safety for boaters in Southern NSW.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Transport for NSW Acting Chief Operations Officer Mark Hutchings were on hand to commission the boat at Batemans Bay today.

Mr Constance said in the lead up to Australia Day, I want all recreational boaters including kayakers, skippers and jet skis users to stay safe, wear a lifejacket, and keep a proper lookout.

“Since 1 July there has been nine fatalities and 26 boating-related serious injuries on NSW waterways,” Mr Constance said.

“Everyone loves to hit the water during the warmer months, whether it be coastal or inland water ways, I just ask that everyone do their bit to keep themselves and companions safe.

“It is the skipper’s responsibility to make sure there is a lifejacket for everyone on board, including children and ensure all lifejackets have been serviced, checked regularly and are in good working order.

“If you plan to be out on the water, you are likely to see NSW Maritime vessels carrying out high-visibility patrols and compliance checks right across the state.

“At the end of the day, we want everyone to get home safely and this new vessel will help our boating safety officers to keep people safe.”

Alongside NSW Maritime officers are the dedicated volunteers of NSW Marine Rescue, they are all here to ensure your safety, so please register your trip with your local Marine Rescue unit, check the conditions before setting out and familiarise yourself with the local coastal and inland hazards,” Mr Constance said.

Transport for NSW Acting Chief Operations Officer Mark Hutchings said the new ten-metre NAAID patrol boat will enhance NSW Maritime’s capabilities during daily patrols, strategic compliance operations as well as assist combat agencies with emergencies and search and rescue missions.

“The new vessel replaces its 30-year-old predecessor and offers our boating safety officers a greater capability to respond in crises as well as patrol estuaries and river systems as it has a lower height and shallower draft than the older vessel,” Mr Hutchings said.

“The new vessel will also assist officers carry out more daily patrols and access a range of waterways in southern NSW, helping to educate new boaters and enforce rules.”

NSW Maritime will now have three patrol boats and two jetskis operating in the Batemans Bay area.

For information on boating safety, visit Maritime.

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