Three Western Australia-based firms have partnered to develop a patrol vessel to bolster Tasmania’s maritime surveillance capabilities.
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VEEM Marine, Fine Entry Marine, and Global Marine Design have joined forces to develop a 23.9-metre aluminium offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for Tasmania Police.
The vessel will be deployed for search and rescue response, marine safety enforcement, patrolling of state and Commonwealth marine reserves and state security operations.
This is expected to involve operations across Tasmania’s coastline out to 200 nautical miles, with a range of 1,000 nautical miles.
Ultimately, the vessel aims to:
- ensure the marine police could operate effectively in adverse weather conditions at any time of day or night; and
- provide enhanced occupational health and safety features.
The vessel is set to leverage a VEEM Marine VG52SD gyrostabiliser, designed to improve the stability of the platform, reducing fatigue and increasing crew comfort and safety.
VEEM’s global commercial manager, Brett Silich, welcomed the opportunity to work alongside WA firms to improve the Tasmanian Police’s maritime capability.
“We are proud to be working with a number of industry leaders that recognise the excellent operational results that can be produced when their design is combined with a VEEM Marine gyrostabiliser,” he said.
“It is a testament to the product and the team that the VEEM Marine gyrostabiliser was ultimately selected as essential equipment.
“In particular, we look forward to working with Fine Entry Marine and Global Marine Design to prove to the industry that the use of gyrostabilisers can help deliver safer, more cost effective and flexible vessel solutions.”
Assistant commissioner Adrian Bodnar added: “Tasmania Police’s first-class marine and rescue service will be even better equipped for marine rescues, fisheries enforcement and protection of state marine resources with this new police vessel.”
The vessel is expected to be delivered in early 2024.
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