Maritime Survey Australia surveyor, James Nolan worked with specialist Mornington-based boat-builder, Hart Marine to complete an Initial Commercial Vessel Survey on their latest newbuild, a 15.6m Police Patrol Boat destined for the Hervey Bay Water Police in Queensland.
The vessel is the latest in Hart Marine’s growing portfolio of Police Patrol Boats, having recently delivered an 11.9m Patrol Boat to the Victoria Police and a second 17.3m Patrol Boat to be delivered to the Queensland Police in the coming months.
The Queensland police required vessels which incorporate a superior design and the latest technology and equipment to future proof their vessels and allow the Water Police in Hervey Bay to continue to deliver the highest level of patrols and search and rescues. Given their reputation for delivery of high-performance Patrol and Pilot vessels, Hart Marine was selected to build the vessels.
To effectively carry out its duties, the vessel’s design and capabilities needed to include speed, endurance, ample deck space for a variety of tasks, a shallow draught, towing capability and propulsion that coped with debris in the water. With the safety and comfort of the crew of paramount importance, the vessel also needed to provide overnight accommodation and ample interior space for conducting operations. To achieve the desired operational arrangement, MSA provided Hart Marine with support to obtain equivalent solution approval from AMSA.
The vessel is powered by a pair of 485kW engines and two Hamilton Jet HJ322s allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 38 knots. The jet drive allows for a shallow draught eliminating the fear of propeller damage in shallow water.
Surveyed to NSCV 2B, the vessel’s hull boasts Hart Marine’s wave piercing bow for which the ORC design is renowned. Combined with trim tabs it copes with seas from any direction with minimal pitching.