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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

New Marine Rescue Batemans Bay vessel nearing completion

Marine Rescue Batemans Bay will welcome a new vessel later next month as construction continues on Batemans Bay 21.

The new 6.3 metre walk-through console Naiad (NYE-ADD) boat is being built at Yamba Welding and Engineering on the NSW North Coast.

The vessel will be powered by twin 115hp outboard engines capable of reaching speeds of 38 knots.

The new rescue boat also features a full Raymarine suite including radar and side scan sonar.

Marine Rescue NSW Senior Manager Fleet Kelvin Parkin recently visited Yamba Welding and Engineering for a construction update.

“Everything is progressing well, there’s no major hurdles or delays and we are very much looking forward to adding this vessel to our fleet,” he said.

Mr Parkin said the walk-through console on BM 21 is a key design feature.

“It allows the crew safe and easy access to the front of the boat.

“It creates a really safe environment for the crew to work in so they’re not standing on the edge of a vessel and it reduces the risk of falling overboard when you are working lines or dropping anchors or even when you are talking to other members of the public when you need to get a communication across.

“This new rescue boat will play a vital role in Marine Rescue’s mission of saving lives on the water,” Mr Parkin said.

BM 21 is one of 38 new rescue boats funded by the NSW Government’s $37.6 million investment in 2019 to support the vital, life-saving work of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers.

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