Rescue boat is fit for duty
THE Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) boat VMR 1, has been hauled out of the water, inspected and declared fit for duty for another year.
VMR committee member Tom Manning said each year, the boat was inspected in accordance with the requirements of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Association of Queensland (VMRAQ). This year, however, an additional out of water inspection was conducted to ensure compliance with the new national system for domestic vessels, which came into effect on July 1.
“In this instance the surveyor wanted the boat out of the water to make sure it was totally compliant with AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Association) regulations,” Mr Manning said.
The hull inspection was completed at Hawkes Boatyard on Tuesday, July 2, after which VMR 1 was re-launched for marine surveyor Terry Davis to finish his in-water safety checks.
Mr Manning said while VMR Whitsunday was yet to receive the written report, it appeared the rescue vessel had passed inspection with flying co- lours. “There was nothing that was noncompliant – everything was 100 per cent, which is how it has to be at all times, because we might get a call in the middle of the night in some of the most atrocious weather and the boat has to be ready to go,” he said.
VMR Whitsunday is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation whose main objective is to save lives at sea. In an average year, VMR Whitsunday is activated 75 times, for a mixture of training, tow assists, search and rescue operations, medical evacuations and transfer of emergency services personnel to marine situations. The organisation receives a small annual grant from the Queensland Government and the remainder of operating costs are met through local fundraising, sponsorships and membership and service fees.
Mr Manning said he wanted to thank all those involved with helping the Whitsunday VMR and in particular Hawkes Boatyard and the Whitsunday boating fraternity.
SHIP SHAPE: Marine surveyor Terry Davis, Troy Horseford and Chase Richardson from Hawkes Boatyard and Terry Manning from the Whitsunday VMR in front of VMR1.