The Port Authority of New South Wales has awarded a AU$10 million (US$7.3 million) contract to Australian shipbuilder Birdon for the construction of two new multi-purpose firefighting vessels for Sydney Harbour and Port Botany.
Designed with feedback from the port authority’s marine operations teams, the new shallow-draught vessels will feature two fire pumps, 360-degree visibility from the wheelhouse, and an open deck for ease of movement for the crew.
Port Authority of NSW CEO Philip Holliday said the vessels will also have lifting and towing capability as well as the ability to operate in a variety of sea states.
The new vessels will be delivered by early 2023 following completion at Birdon’s facilities in Port Macquarie. They will replace the port authority’s two firefighting tugs that have both been in service for 40 years.
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