THE NEW ABELL POINT MARINA VMR 1 Rescue Vessel
Our Rescue Vessel
In July 2017 the Volunteer Marine Rescue took delivery of a fully equipped purpose built Rescue Vessel, specifically suited to our area of responsibility, which covers a 13,000sq km area of ocean/coastline known for its coral reefs, fast flowing currents and notorious wind-over-tide sea conditions. In addition, being the busiest private and commercial boating community in Australia, the volume of vessels on the water at any given time in the Whitsunday region creates a high demand for the services of VMR. The new vessel will allow VMR Whitsundays to assist other VMR’s in the area when their vessels are not available.
The vessel itself is a 12m NoosaCat with twin Cummins diesel engines specifically designed and purpose built as an offshore rescue vessel with a fly bridge, an absolute must for visibility around the fringing reefs of the Whitsundays and for search and rescue operations in adverse conditions. the larger fuel capacity will allow for 300nm which is beyond VMR Whitsundays operational area, but allows a considerable safety margin for long tows.
- NoosaCat 4400 FB Patrol just under 12m long, 4.5m across the beam, only draws 1.2m.
- Twin Cummins diesel engines delivering a combined 960hp. Configured for long distances and towing vessels. Cruise speed is over 25kts and uses less fuel per hour in operation than our previous vessel. Maintenance costs long term should also be reduced.
- specifically designed and purpose built as an offshore rescue vessel with a flybridge – a must for visibility near the reefs in the whitsundays and for Search and Rescue operations.
- Larger fuel capacity of 1600L provides a range of 300nm, which would allow us to go beyond our official working area but gives plenty of safety margin for long tows.
- The larger footprint will provide safer handling in the rough seas we can encounter in the Whitsundays and a safer working environment for Volunteer crews. It has walk-around decks – safer for crew and more efficient access.
- It is fitted with state-of-the-art Furuno electronics with touch screen technology, Forward Looking Infrared Radar (which can pick up a person in the water up to 900m) and VHF Radio Direction Finder.
- The Cummins engines are below deck – providing spacious working area. Engine wells have automatic fire protection.
- Larger cabin is designed for medivacs and stretcher handling. The vessel is fitted with its own QAS Stryker stretcher, plus our own first aid equipment.
- It has its own life raft and a Life Cell for flares and emergency equipment.
- In cabin it has air conditioning, toilet and shower (good for hypothermia recovery), a more spacious working area, kitchenette with microwave, fridge and coffee maker for long distance activations. It is air conditioned for the comfort of crew, emergency personnel, and any passengers that we are assisting.
We are pleased to announce that Abell Point Marina and VMR Whitsunday have agreed to a three year Platinum sponsorship. Abell Point Marina have secured naming rights on the vessel, Abell Point Marina VMR1.
Berthing is in a privileged position near the fuel dock, is convenient to crews and emergency services, providing a speedy departure. The sponsorship also includes a cash component, which will greatly assist to cover operating costs and unforeseen circumstances. We wish to thank our Patron, Paul Darruzet, of Abell Point Marina for his generosity and support.