Strategic Marine Delivers MV Thaiyak
Strategic Marine delivers Ashmore Reef On-Station Vessel Thaiyak to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Specialist shipbuilder Strategic Marine has delivered the On-Station vessel Thaiyak to the Australian Customs & Border Protection Service (ACBPS).
The vessel was launched from Strategic Marine's facility in Vietnam in March this year and was officially accepted in Fremantle, Western Australia, by representatives of Australian Customs & Border Protection Service yesterday, Monday, June 23.
The 40-meter on-station vessel, built at Strategic's multipurpose shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam, is designed for flexible self-sufficiency and long term deployment at Ashmore Reef, an external territory of Australia 450 nautical miles East from Darwin in the Indian Ocean.
The vessel will be a strong physical presence in the Ashmore Reef Marine Reserve and surrounding environmentally sensitive areas acting as a deterrent for illegal activities and will serve as a platform for scientific and environmental research in these areas. The vessel also has the capacity as a temporary holding facility for 24 additional passengers.
This is new territory for ACBPS, as it marks the first time the authority has commissioned a ship for commercial use outside of Australia.
The order was awarded last year following a successful tender prepared between Gardline Australia Pty Ltd, Strategic Marine, the builder of the new vessel, and McAlpine Marine design Pty Ltd.
Among the vessel's technical specifications are twin Caterpillar C32 970kW main engines, Twin Caterpillar C9 149ekW generators and a 149kW bow thruster.
The vessel is also fitted with two Norsafe davits capable of at sea launch and retrieval of two 7.5 meter ship’s boats. The vessel has a nominal draft of 2.4 meters and beam of 11.5 meters with an economical cruising speed of 10 knots and a top speed of 12 knots. There is accommodation for 17 crew and 24 passengers, with a short term holding capability of an additional 25 passengers on sheltered deck space.