Marine Rescue Shark Bay

Western Australian builder for rescue RIB

Dongara Marine is one of only four boatbuilders selected by Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in 2020 to be on a panel of contractors for the supply of new ‘fit for purpose’ rescue vessels and vessel refit services.

Our first order, confirmed in May 2020, is for a new 8.3 metre rescue craft for Marine Rescue Shark Bay which is based in Denham, Western Australia.

Designed by the naval architects at our long-standing partner Southerly Designs, the aluminium hulled rigid inflatable boat (RIB) will have foam filled collars. It features an enclosed cabin with seating for three crew. The cabin is open at the rear, enabling direct access to the work deck which is sheltered by a fixed canopy.

Bayside Marine will supply the boat’s twin 200hp Yamaha outboards, while another long term Dongara Marine supplier, Geraldton Marine Electronics, will provide a comprehensive suite of navigation and communications electronics. This includes radar, chart plotter, sounder, a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) thermal camera, and underwater cameras.

The Shark Bay volunteers are one of 39 Marine Rescue WA groups situated along Western Australia’s coastline from Esperance in the south to Kununurra in the north, including Christmas and Cocos (Keeling ) Islands. They have been formally approved under Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Service’s (DFES) Act.

For more information on Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA) visit or its Facebook page.

“This is a great result for our WA boat building industry and demonstrates that the skills and experience we have are some of the best in the nation.”

Hon Francis Logan MLA - Minister for Emergency Services (Western Australia)


Principal Particulars
Propulsion & Performance
Other Details
Project type
Marine Rescue Shark Bay / Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Vessel Type
Search and rescue
Hull type
Monohull (RIB)
Southerly Designs
Construction materials
Aluminium hull and superstructure
Survey / Class
Length overall
8.3 metres
2.95 metres
0.53 metres
Seating for 3 personnel
400 litres
Fresh water
Main engines
2 x Yamaha F200 outboards
Main engine rating
2 x 149kW
2 x outboards
Maximum speed
40+ knots
Service speed
25.0 knots
Foam filled D collar