The Port Authority of New South Wales, has signed a $10 million contract with Australian shipbuilders Birdon to build two new multipurpose firefighting vessels for Sydney Harbour and Port Botany.
The two new firefighting vessels will provide Port Authority with improved capabilities for a range of routine on-water operations in addition to an effective response to on-water fire and other maritime incidents.
“The new vessels will be highly functional ‘workboat style’ vessels, with lifting capability, towing capacity and strong performance characteristics in a variety of sea states, in shallow water and in restricted areas of navigation,” says Port Authority CEO Philip Holliday.
The ships will feature two fire pumps, 360-degree visibility from the wheelhouse and an open deck for ease of movement for the crew. Birdon, based in Port Macquarie, will deliver the new vessels by early 2023.
Port Botany and Sydney Harbour to get new firefighting vessels