Custom RIB delivered to WA marine rescue group

First boat built under Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) contract

The Western Australian Government officially announced the completion and delivery of our first Marine Rescue rigid inflatable boat (RIB) yesterday (21 January 2021).

Designed by the naval architects at our long-standing partner Southerly Designs, the 8.3 metre aluminium RIB has foam filled collars and features an enclosed cabin with seating for three crew.

Built under contract with Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Cape Rose is now part of the Marine Rescue Shark Bay fleet in Denham, Western Australia.

New RIB rescue vessel from Western Australia boatbuilder
Cape Rose at speed during sea trials off the WA coast

The official statement from the Minister for Emergency Services, Francis Logan is as follows:

New $400,000 quick-response rescue vessel for Shark Bay

  • WA-built Cape Rose to improve response times for Marine Rescue Shark Bay
  • New vessel allows better access to remote parts of Gascoyne coast
  • Local volunteers involved in the design process

A new $400,000 Western Australian-built rescue vessel has been delivered to Marine Rescue Shark Bay to help response times and enable better access along the Gascoyne coast.

The purpose-built Cape Rose, designed in consultation with the Shark Bay volunteers, is fitted with state-of-the-art marine electronics including an underwater camera to assist with searches.

The eight-metre vessel was constructed by Port Denison-based builder Dongara Marine and was the WA company's first boat built under the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' Marine Rescue vessel building contract.

The rigid-hulled inflatable boat can be transported by road and launched at beaches, remote locations and nearby waterways to reduce response times and assist during emergencies.

Funded by the Emergency Services Levy, the new vessel complements the group's primary response vessel - the Tamala Rose.

The Cape Rose replaces Marine Rescue Shark Bay's existing secondary response vessel, which had serviced the WA coastline for more than 20 years both with the group and previously with WA Water Police.

New RIB rescue vessel from Western Australia boatbuilder
The outboard powered RIB features a large cabin and fully sheltered aft deck

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:

"This new quick-response vessel, which has been designed with input from the local volunteers, will help Marine Rescue Shark Bay volunteers better serve their community and visitors.

"It is great to see how the McGowan Government's $19.5 million record investment in our State's Marine Rescue Service is bearing fruit with locally built vessels being rolled out across the State.

"By working with our volunteers and local businesses, we are building vessels that benefit our local economies and help our communities with purpose-built vessels that meet everyone's needs."

For specifications and additional photos of this and other vessels visit our Projects page here.