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The Allen Phillips [SR01] is Commissioned and Christened.
On Sunday 2 April the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Peter Malinauskas, in company with His Excellency the Hon Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, commissioned the SA Sea Rescue Squadron’s new vessel, the Allen Phillips, Sea Rescue 01.
Guest of honour Allen Phillips was present with his family.
Commodore Al Cormack opened the commissioning ceremony followed by Ops Captain Frank Miller who spoke about the history of Sea Rescue one and the naming of Allen Phillips.
The Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Peter Malinauskas addressed the guests.
His Excellency the Governor of South Australia and Minister Malinauskas moved to position at Sea Rescue 01
where the blessing of the Allen Phillips / SR01 was performed by our own Chaplain Matt Curnow.
Minister Malinauskas was invited to officially Commission and inspect the vessel.
Commodore Al Cormack then closed the official part of the ceremony.
The new Sea Rescue 01, the Allen Phillips.
Being a member of the South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron it would have been difficult not to have heard about our new search and rescue vessel being built over the past months, especially with its construction being followed through our website.
Well, it has now arrived and what a vessel it is! It is the fourth generation of this style of vessel developed by Nautic Star boat builders especially for use in our Gulf waters. The first vessel was built for our colleagues, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard with a walk around version, the next was the Ross Williams III, specifically designed for the transfer of passengers at sea, followed by the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol at Port Victoria whose vessel was delivered late last year, and the fourth version, the Allen Phillips, Sea Rescue 01.
With each version the hull has been further refined. The Allen Phillips is 8.4 m long and 2.9 m wide with a huge rear cockpit. Comfort has been a main focus with the design of the cabin as in the Ross Williams III, with four very comfortable high backed adjustable seats with folding arm rests and fold up lumbar support which are a great asset when standing in rough seas. The question has been raised a number of times, Why haven’t we had suspension seats installed to cope with our choppy waters. This was a matter extensively explored when we were considering the seating options for the Ross Williams III where it was decided not to use them because of the cost and additional weight. This decision was a sound one as the current seats and the performance of the hull make the suspension bases unnecessary, especially when combined with the shock absorbent foam under the cabin carpet.
Inside the cabin black materials have been used, especially the dash where carbon fibre has been laid over the dash to assist in reducing the glare and making it look very stylish. Non slip grey vinyl has been laid on the cockpit deck and on top of the engine cover, and the remaining deck surfaces have been treated with a grey non-slip coating which works extremely well, especially in wet conditions.
Two small storage box/seats either side of the rear bi-fold cabin doors with upholstered removable cushions provide steps to the 300 mm wide walkways giving access to the bow as well as providing cockpit storage spaces.
Two additional seats in the cockpit are provided by the engine cover which, when raised, gives access to a Volvo Penta D4 300 hp (221 kW) turbo charged, after cooled, dual overhead camshafts, four cylinder diesel engine driving a Volvo Penta leg with twin counter rotating props. The Volvo engine was selected to provide continuity of product throughout the Squadron’s fleet. The engine compartment has a Kidde built-in fire suppressant system operated from the helm position. The 300 litre fuel tank is located under the cockpit floor.
The bow area is protected by a 900 mm high bow rail which also acts as support for four Hella Roklume LED spot lights that supply a total output of 31,200 lumens, 7,800 each. There are also two addition Roklume lights, one either side of the roof to act as mooring/ searchlights.
Furuno electronics have been used to provide continuity through all VMR vessels. Two Navnet TZT2 multifunction 12 in screens have been installed in the dash, one to the helm and the other to the navigator’s station. These screens will display AIS targets as well as the radar, FLIR and sonar images. The Furuno FLIR (forward looking infrared camera) thermal imaging system is mounted at the top of the radar mast and controlled remotely from the skipper’s and navigator’s positions and will assist with search and navigation at night and in low light conditions.
New Sea Rescue 01 close to finish line
19th January 2017
A visit to the new Zero1 at the Nautic Star sheds today showed just how close she is to delivery.
Standing precariously [or that’s what it looked like to us] on 3 jack stands on blocks of wood she looks awesome with her white paint, grey fenders, tall cabin and high bow railings cabin mounted with 4 spotlights.
Further investigation showed that her new Volvo engine is in, the leg has been mounted and the sophisticated engine fire control system has been installed.
The comfortable seats, [lighter than those installed in Barcoo to keep the boat’s overall weight down] are in place with new removable esky/storage boxes cleverly installed under the seats.
The new Zero1 has a new style radar mount on the roof at the rear of the cabin. Marko the builder has designed a tower that can be lowered by the Skipper pushing a button in the cabin. As the tower is lowered some clever engineering and a hydraulic ram folds the tower in three places so that it doesn’t overhang the rear deck. The radar dome sits near the top of the tower with the FLIR receiver above the Radar.
High powered searchlights are fitted on top of the gunnels at both the Port and Starboard rear quarters.
Marco told us that he has made some modifications to the design of the bow to improve the boats ability at speed to cut through the short sharp chop found in the Gulf .
We took some photos while we were there and they have been published below. Some earlier photos taken in November 2016 have also been included.
Squadron excels at Show
By Peter Robinson. November 30th 2016
Our Promotions Committee mounted superb displays at the two recent Shows, the 2016 Adelaide On-Water Boat Show on 15 and 16 October at the Largs North Marina, and the 4WD Adventure, Boat and Fishing Show on 21 to 23 October at Wayville.
Ray Bradley worked tirelessly to superbly manage and coordinate both shows. Stalwart Bill Stupple put aside personal recovery time to, as always, ably assist. Jim Coombe, Ian Kelly, Peter Robinson and Frank Tabone, Promotions Committee members, were joined by other Squadron volunteers to promote our mission of Safety at Sea to the general public.
Not only were the displays attractive, but the events proved to be a major fundraising success. Donations, a major raffle, with two marine batteries as prizes donated by friends from Battery World, and boat licence fees which were collected on behalf of Transport SA, contributed to a generous addition to our general funds. In particular, Basil Demetriou and friend Cheryl managed most of the licence fee collection splendidly.
(Grateful raffle winners of Century marine batteries were Kia, ticket B09, and Paul, with ticket B88.)
The On-Water Boat Show was seriously affected by inclement weather. Accordingly, attendance was way down on previous years.
The 4WD Adventure, Boat and Fishing Show was a huge success and a great platform to spread our good image and the benefits of Sea Rescue Volunteer services.
Getting Sea Rescue 01 to and from each venue, and on to the display areas, is a difficulty which Keith Lennan accomplished, generously giving his time and driving skill.
Altogether, the positive public feedback makes us ‘proud to belong’ and is testimony to the excellent work that operational members, and others, contribute.
Update on new Search and rescue vessel to replace SR01.
1st October 2016
The build of our new Search and Rescue vessel to replace SR01 is now well under way at Nautic Star Lonsdale. She has been assembled. The paintwork has now commenced and the side buffer panels will be going on over the next three weeks.
The dashboard has been laid out ready to take the electronics and radios.
The new vessel is still on target for completion before Christmas this year.
The images below were taken by Steve Hudson who is project managing the build.
New Flinders Ports Pilot boat “Reliance”.
2nd October 2016 – Updated 30th November 2016
By Steve Hudson.
On a rainy and windy 28 September, members of the Barcoo Services team visited Flinders Ports’ new pilot vessel Reliance, moored at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron Marina at Outer Harbor. This vessel, delivered in October 2015, is one of a pair purchased by Flinders Ports, the other being Alert which was delivered in May 2015 and is now stationed at Port Pirie.
It has been more than 20 years since a new pilot vessel was deployed in South Australia and at a cost of $2.5 million each, these new vessels represent a significant investment by Flinders Ports in the development of the State’s shipping and marine services.
Both vessels were built by Hart Marine in Melbourne. With safety being a key selection criteria, both vessels were built to be self-righting, and take just three seconds to right themselves from being upside down.
The innovative beak-bow design provides enhanced sea handling characteristics, reducing stress and fatigue for the crew from pitching and rolling in rough waters.
The ride comfort of these vessels is further enhanced by suspension of the cabin which enables it to move independently of the hull; along with suspension seats for each of the crew the ride is super-smooth.
Constructed from fibreglass to AMSA NSCV class 2C requirements and capable of a top speed of 27 knots, the 16 m long x 5.43 m wide x 1.5 m draft vessel comes equipped with a suite of Furuno electronics including radar, AIS, FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) for night vision, autopilot, and automatic fire suppression system to the engine room.
Twin Yanmar 600 hp engines are installed in a pristine engine room below the main deck on a floor so clean I would be happy to eat a meal off it. A man overboard recovery platform is mounted on the stern and can be hydraulically lowered and lifted from the water enabling a safe and secure means of retrieving a person form the water.
As a tribute to the great explorer, both vessels were named after two of the vessels Flinders sailed on, HMS Alert and HMS Reliance.
Many thanks to Dave Underwood, Marine Superintendent at Flinders Ports and Rob Welsh, skipper of Reliance and his crew for being so willing and enthusiastic to show us their latest addition.
New Search and rescue vessel to replace SR01.
On 27 June construction commenced on our new Sea Rescue 01 which will replace the first of our Clayton Gallants built in 2001. The new vessel is part of the SA Government’s (VMR) vessel replacement program.
This new generation of VMR vessel design has been based on the Ross Williams 3 which was commissioned last November and has proved itself to be an exceptional vessel in all aspects. While the Ross Williams 3 was designed to be a multi-purpose vessel for Barcoo Services, transferring passengers and search and rescue, the new SR-01 has been designed specifically for search and rescue.
The design has been changed to provide narrower walkways to the bow which will increase the internal width of the cabin by 400 mm.
The cabin has been moved forward by 500 mm which will increase the cockpit length by 500 mm allowing more room to accommodate stretchers if necessary and extra work space for the crew.
All VMR vessels will now come with a suite of electronics which will include radar, AIS, two 12 inch touch screen chart plotters as well as AIS and FLIR, which is an infrared camera enabling 360 degree night vision, greatly increasing our night search capabilities as well as increasing the safety of navigation at night.
Communications will consist of our standard suite of 27 MHz, VHF, Command and GRN radios. The VHF radio will also provide us with a public address capability. A rear view infrared camera will also be installed to allow the skipper to monitor activity in the cockpit by day and night.
The aluminium construction allows a great degree of flexibility, especially during construction if changes are needed, and helps reduce weight, which is a vital factor if the vessel is to be trailer-able.
Hopefully, by Christmas we should see our new vessel arrive at West Beach.
Stay tuned for further updates of the new SR01 as they happen.
Sea Rescue Copper Coast rescues Kayaker from 2 metre seas.
This is a real incident with this short video clipped from a longer one made by the victim using a GoPro camera on his head.
It was a stormy day with the sea running 2 metres at the beach and we received a call asking if we would pick up a unattended floating kayak that was in Wallaroo Bay.
The caller was asked if they could see a person as a kayak would not be out there on its own. After looking around the caller then came back and said that he had seen a head like object go over a wave. A crew was called and with about 30 minutes of daylight left, SR04 was launched.
At the start of the video, the victim has already been in the water for about 30 minutes and has probably 30 minutes left before becoming hyperthermic. The only time the victim realises that all of his troubles are over is when he turns his head and sees SR04.
As the video starts you will see he has picked up a piece of wood that was floating past and is using it to try and get more purchase in the water. As a wave crashed over him, you will hear him cough as he takes in water.
Sea Rescue’s SR01 exercises with Helicopter 51.
Sea Rescue Adelaide and the MAC helicopter crews train together on a regular basis. In this video the Chopper Crew winch a line down to Sea Rescue zero 1. The crew of 01 attach a weighted bag to the line which is then winched back aboard the chopper. By practising this manoeuvre both crews become familiar with passing items or personnel between the helicopter and the Sea Rescue boat.
MAC Chopper rescue at the ship’s anchorage off Outer Harbour
The following video has been provided by the South Australian Motor Accident Commission and shows their Chopper rescue team bringing in an injured crewman from a ship at the anchorage.
Sea Rescue and MAC train together on a regular basis to ensure that, should the need arises we have the skills to carry out a rescue at sea together.
Australia Day Sea Rescue Promotion
The Promotions Committee chose Australia Day to mount a display and promote Sea Rescue’s main mission, Safety at Sea, at the West Beach marina.
The exhibition was superbly presented and as the many recreational boaties arrived they were met by a Sea Rescue member offering an information pack containing most aspects of their safety in the marine environment, as well as entering into a discussion about the necessity, and wisdom, of having a marine radio, the best choice and its responsible use.
The generous support from our membership to join a roster, for mostly half a day, was particularly pleasing.
The early morning launchings continued at a steady pace and, as is often usual, a strengthening wind, near the bottom of the tide soon after midday, had boats returning en masse and forming large queues waiting for retrieval. It was then that our assistance was overwhelmingly appreciated.
With enough personnel to conduct an orderly return from the pontoons, we received many compliments, some requesting we be there every weekend!
As is often the case one individual thought he knew best, refused any advice or willingness for us to assist, and paid a heavy price. He eventually left with a burnt out trailer winch motor, damage to the front of his new fibreglass boat, and having caused a significant delay for boats queuing to use the priority lane for their launching after 12 noon!
A few days later I happened to be waiting in Electric Bug when I overheard a customer requesting a VHF kit, including aerial, for his boat. The salesperson mentioned the need to get a licence to operate it. The response was, “I know, I was at the West Beach boat ramp on Australia Day and the Sea Rescue guys were great, I am following their advice and will get my licence in one of their courses!”
Altogether, it was an otherwise wonderful promotion of Sea Rescue offerings and certainly spread the goodwill that we seek with our voluntary community service.
Our new boat has arrived
Our new Squadron multipurpose search and rescue vessel which, in part, has been made possible by a bequest from the late members’ Ross and Eunice Williams estate, and from the hard work by our Squadron members through their fundraising ventures, particularly the Barcoo Function Centre and Barcoo Services.
The Ross Williams 3 is a leap forward in being designed specifically with search and rescue operations in mind.
This unique vessel has been designed and built by Marco Bacic of Nautic Star boats. The combination of the expertise and professionalism of Marco and his team has resulted in a vessel which will be used as a template for the next generation of Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) search and rescue vessels.
Our previous Squadron vessels could accommodate two crew in the shelter of the cabin while the remaining two crew sat outside.
Access to the bow and along the side of the cabin was not available which made rafting up of towed vessels difficult and dangerous.
Access into the vessels had to be made by throwing a leg over the gunwale, which for some us seniors, was not always the easiest thing to do. Lifting an unconscious person from the water was also a high risk task requiring at least four crew to lift the stretcher up and over the gunwale.
These restrictions have now been removed with the new RW3 having broad walkways on the port and starboard side to enable crew to access the bow comfortably and safely. A removable door in the starboard side of the cockpit enables easy access by ladder from the ground, or straight from the pontoon without having to get a leg up and over the gunwale. The removable door will also enable an unconscious person to be dragged from the water rather than having to be lifted over the gunwale, greatly reducing the risk of injury to our crews.
The cabin looks and feels like something out of an upmarket vehicle rather than a boat. A crew of four can be accommodated very comfortably in the Llebroc skippers’ chairs with arm rests which can be raised or lowered, the backrests can be adjusted to suit each crew and while the crew are standing, the front bolster can be raised to give great lumbar support. Sun glare has been reduced by the black dash, instruments and radios. The interior linings and seats also black. A light grey, soft, sponge backed carpet lines the cabin floor, just like home. The cabin is well ventilated with opening windows for each crew member and double glass doors that seal off the cockpit from the cabin. The forward cabin has a huge amount of storage space for all of our equipment, and if necessary two people could sleep here.
Safety has been a major consideration in the design of the vessel, with nonslip coatings to all deck surfaces and steps, textured finish to the handrails, and nonslip mat to the top of the engine cover.
New Stormy Seas manually inflated yokes with stainless steel D rings have been purchased to enable the crew to be restrained by a lanyard while moving along the side decks to the bow.
A small marlin board with fold down ladder has been installed on the transom to provide protection to the leg. A Samson post is located on the top of the rear gunwale so there will be no need to lean over the transom to connect a tow rope.
To provide continuity through the squadron fleet a Volvo D4 260hp turbocharged diesel engine was chosen because of its proven reliability and efficiency.
There are many other features not listed here that only a visit to the vessel will satisfy, we encourage all members to do so.
- Length: 8.1m
- Beam: 2.9m
- Weight: TBA
- Fuel capacity: 300 litres
- Navigation: Furuno TZ2 touchscreen chart plotter and sounder. Icom AIS
- Communications: Icom VHF, 27MHz and command radios
- Lighting: Interior: Hella red/white dimmable ceiling mounted.
- Exterior: Two Hella S5000 lumens spot/floods to bow
Four Hella 3000 lumens LED light bars to one port, starboard and two on the front of the roof
- Navigation lights: Port and starboard mounted on the side of the cabin. Steaming, anchor, towing and cockpit flood lights have been installed on a fold down light tower mounted on the rear of the roof
- Engine: Volvo D4 260hp turbocharged diesel with a Volvo duo-prop stern drive.
- Trim tabs: Zip Wake interceptor type tabs with dial up adjustment and mouse type wheel to adjust bow up/down function
- Bilge pump: Rule automatic, and a manually operated bulge pump
- Windscreen wipers: Three, one mounted to each of the front window panels, with washers, adjustable speed and intermittent function.
- Trailer: Manufactured by Nautic Star with air bag suspension rated to 4,500kg.
A Pavilion opens at West Beach
This structure, with its clear, opening, sides, sits on the elevated northern deck, joined by an allweather link to the Anchorage Room.
The rooms at this West Beach Function Centre regularly host a large range of events, from business seminars to wedding receptions and birthday parties.
Whilst the seaside location makes it particularly appealing in summer, the addition of this facility will allow guests to enjoy the ambience of the location, but with protection from the sea breeze or weather changes.
The addition of this space also provides an opportunity for a break out area for refreshments, for groups using the Anchorage Room for training or business events. The pavilion operates as an extension of the popular first level Anchorage Room with guests and staff able to move outside, into the pavilion or onto the open deck, through a five metre wide opening. The bar and food service areas remain inside, but are easily accessed from outside through the new fold back doors. At night the pavilion is well lit with LED up-lighting spreading the light evenly and illuminating the tented canopies.
The architectural drawings for the project were by Nick Salvati of ADS Architects, with construction and pavilion design by Adelaide Shade Solutions. There were major engineering challenges, in the structure and in mounting to the concrete deck, but these were overcome by the combined efforts and persistence of the Squadron’s building committee, the designer, and the builders.
Squadron members will be able to enjoy the Pavilion when attending headquarters for meetings. Participants in some Squadron training courses, such as Seamanship, will similarly benefit. Members are reminded that Barry Pollard is happy to discuss special rates for hiring for your private functions. Be among the first to enjoy the view and atmosphere of this new facility!