Stabicraft Marine Sends Eight Vessel Order to Australia
Stabicraft Marine Sends Eight Vessel Order to the Northern Territory
30 June 2014
- Invercargill, New Zealand. Boat manufacturer, Stabicraft Marine Ltd has been awarded an Australian Government contract to build eight of its commercial vessels, destined for the Northern Territory.
The eight ‘6.9 Supercab’ models valued at approximately NZD$250,000 each are a special order for the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services’ and will begin on water operations in late July.
On water operations will see the fleet of Stabicraft’s undertake harbour and remote police operations, search and rescue missions, fisheries enforcement, marine safety compliance and to support general policing in the marine environment.
Operating over a large area, the fleet and their two man crews will patrol waters from the Western Australia border through to the Queensland border, a coastline of 10,953 km. Individual boats will travel up to 150nm of their home bases on a daily basis.
Stabicraft Managing Director, Paul Adams, says the order is another coup for Stabicraft Marine, with a number of the company’s commercial vessels already operating alongside many recreational vessels in Australian waters.
“This order is significant for Stabicraft and see’s the Northern Territory lice Fire and Emergency Services as another high profile Australian Government agency choosing to use our commercial vessels for their operational activities,” said Mr Adams.
Australian Customs & Border Protection already operate 19 similar craft with the Victorian Coastguard and other Australian wide marine water service agencies using a variety of Stabicraft commercial vessels.
Globally, Stabicraft has commercial vessels operating across the pacific and as far away as Alaska and as remote as Myanmar for the United Nations.
In being awarded the contract from the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services, each of the eight 6.9 Supercab vessels had to meet stringent Australian
Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) standards, and in doing so the boats are built to the Australian National Standard for Commercial Vessels - 2C.
As well as meeting the Australian regulations, the boats had to have design and performance requirements such as visibility, performance, stability and strength to cope with the often remote and vast Northern Territory waters.
“Stabicraft has over 27 years of design innovation, being awarded this contract recognizes the inherent design and performance attributes our vessels have, most notably durability and strength.”
Stabicrafts are already inherently very strong and the unique pontoon design adds a lot of rigidity to the craft. On these particular 6.9 Supercab vessels, this has been enhanced by the use of 6mm plate alloy for the hull and 4mm for the pontoons meaning they will easily be able to handle the most adverse water conditions.
“Our unique design has seen our boats being very well respected globally as capable off-shore work vessels. We design Stabicraft’s to handle tough seas with confidence, it’s great to see large organisations like the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services recognising this and choosing our brand.”
Like all Stabicrafts, safety is a key feature and the 6.9 Supercab vessels feature continuous tubes of individually sealed flotation chambers providing a ‘Life Ring’ of buoyancy. The chambers consist of 1400L of Microlen closed cell foam providing buoyancy. Microlen is an ultra fine closed cell polymer foam and is used for it’s longevity as it wont powder, crack, crumble or even melt in solvents such as fuel and meets Australia’s the toughest regulatory requirements for buoyancy and safety performance.
“The vessels also feature over 700L of sealed air giving the boat positive and level flotation making them virtually unsinkable. The positive buoyancy tubes offer ‘life-ring’ security, the observers are going to be very safe and confident when out on the job.”
Each of the
vessels will be powered by twin Yamaha 100hp four-stroke
outboards, Stressfree anchor winches, gun lockers in bow,
Lowrance HDS10 GPS navigation,
4G Radar, VHF radio and roof spotlights.
Stabicraft 6.9 Supercab Specifications:
Length Overall: 6.9m
External Beam: 2.47m
Fuel Capacity: 200L
Vessel Dry Weight: 2580kg
Max Persons: 6
Engine: Twin Yamaha F100 4-Stroke outboards
Hull Thickness: 6mm
Pontoon Thickness 4mm