Capabilities of new Water Police vessel demonstrated at the Sunshine Coast

Published: Comments:
Community Law & Safety


Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP and District Officer for Sunshine Coast District, Superintendent Darryl Johnson attended a demonstration of a new Water Police vessel on the Sunshine Coast this morning.

This new vessel replaces the Sunshine Coast Water Police vessel ‘George Doyle’ which had been in service since 2002.

The vessel has not yet been officially named with a commissioning ceremony due to be held later this year.

The vessel was constructed using modern technology and uses the latest innovation available for navigation, safety and search and rescue operations.

It is powered by two Scania 16.4 Litre, eight-cylinder twin turbo charged diesel main engines and is surveyed to 200 nautical miles with a range of 440 nautical miles.

Superintendent Johnson said the vessel had already had a positive impact on the Sunshine Coast community.

“This vessel’s presence will be and has already been felt right along the Sunshine Coast by police and both Sunshine Coast and marine community members,” Superintendent Johnson said.

“The patrol vessel will assist water police in continuing to meet the demands of the Sunshine Coast community well into the future.”

This 17 metre hard collared monohull patrol vessel was built by Australian builder, Hart Marine and cost approximately $3.2 million.

The vessel has accommodation facilities to allow for overnight and extended deployments and has the additional capacity to act as a Police Forward Command Post for any north coast disaster events or major marine incidents.

The vessel has already been put to good use and was the lead first response vessel utilised in the recent search and rescue of two men and a young boy off the coast of Caloundra. It also travelled more than 100 nautical miles to come to the rescue of a vessel in distress over the Easter holiday period.

Minister Ryan said he was impressed with the features and capabilities of the new Water Police vessel, which will operate out of the Mooloolaba base.

“This vessel will provide a significant water-based asset to assist officers in enhancing the safety of the Sunshine Coast marine community,” Minister Ryan said.

“It was wonderful to see the capabilities and features of the vessel myself.

“I am sure that this boat complete with modern technologies and navigation methods will best enable the Sunshine Coast Water Police to continue their high standard of service to ensure the safety of their community.”

myPolice Sunshine Coast :, Sunshine Coast Wide
myPolice Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Update 1: Missing teenage boy ' Landsborough 21 August 2019 | During today's searches police sadly located the body believed to be missing 14-year-old teenage boy Michael Ryan. More information...
Update: Missing 3-year-old girl, Cootharaba 20 August 2019 | The 3-year-old girl reported missing in Cootharaba yesterday afternoon has been located deceased. More information...
Grievous bodily harm charge, Caloundra West 16 August 2019 | Police have charged a 26-year-old Caloundra West man with grievous bodily harm following an investigation into alleged injuries sustained by a seven-week-old baby last week. More information...
Stolen vehicle hot list, August 16 16 August 2019 | Sunshine Coast Police are asking members of the public to assist in locating the stolen motor vehicles listed below. More information...
Update: Armed robbery, Maroochydore 15 August 2019 | Investigators from the Sunshine Coast Property Crime Task Force have charged two people following an armed robbery at Maroochydore on Sunday, August 11. More information...
Drug arrests, Caloundra 12 August 2019 | Police have arrested and charged a 51-year-old Maroochydore man and 26-year-old Caloundra woman in relation to numerous drug offences including trafficking this morning. More information...
Stolen vehicle hot list for week ending August 9 09 August 2019 | We would also like to remind everyone to ensure that their vehicles are left secured at all times and that valuables are removed. Valuables include handbags, bags, laptops, tablets, keys, tools and mail. More information...
Update: Shots fired, Nambour 08 August 2019 | Police have charged a teenage boy following an incident at Nambour on Monday where a firearm was allegedly discharged into a residence. More information...
Free seniors ‘On the Road’ workshop, Tuesday, August 27 07 August 2019 | The topics to be covered include road rules and driver safety information, tips to set up your car, practical information from a driving examiner and your health and driving. More information...
Stolen property recovered, Sunshine Coast 07 August 2019 | A man has been charged following investigations into a number of alleged property offences across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service