The new Marine Rescue ships Brunswick and Trial Bay are at the forefront of sea trials


Two new Marine Rescue NSW replacement vessels have completed successful sea trials in Yamba ahead of their entry into service in the coming weeks.

Marine Rescue NSW Senior Manager Fleet Kelvin Parkin said the news Braunschweig 30 and test bay 30 Rescue ships have been put through their paces off Yamba over the last two days.

“Your performance was outstanding.

“They turned, handled and drove beautifully.

Test bay 30 And Braunschweig 30 are excellent rescue ships,” he said.

Parkin said the 10-meter-long Naiad lifeboats, built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, are powered by two 300 horsepower Suzuki engines that can reach a top speed of 42 knots.

“These vessels will enhance search and rescue capabilities in their respective regions as both boats feature state-of-the-art navigation and communications technology including a full Raymarine suite.

“The evolution of the design has resulted in two outstanding Marine Rescue NSW vessels that can handle heavy crossings and long-distance offshore operations,” Parkin said.

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Brunswick took part in the sea trial and were trained BR 30.

Brunswick unit commander Jonathan Wilcock said the new replacement vessel had improved speed and performance compared to the unit's previous lifeboat.

“This new boat will allow us to traverse areas and respond in our region much more quickly, as well as being much more comfortable for our crew.

“The layout of the new ship is amazing; It gives us direct access to everything we need.

“The navigation equipment is absolutely amazing, easy to use and a step up from what we had before, which is invaluable to our mission to save lives on the water,” said Unit Commander Wilcock.

Braunschweig 30 heads to its new home at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbor this afternoon with volunteer crews to undergo training and orientation on the new vessel before it enters service Test bay 30 is expected to be delivered to the unit next month.

The New South Wales Government has contributed to the cost of both replacement vessels to support the vital work of Marine Rescue NSW and its 3,400 volunteers.

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer, not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.