Saturday, 3 March 2018

That red boat off the Cairns beaches

If you've noticed the red boat that seems to be regularly parked well off Cairns's northern beaches and been curious, it's the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Coral Knight:
Coral Knight is an anchor handling tug supply vessel modified to fulfil the role of our dedicated emergency towage vessel (ETV) capability. This is the only ETV of its type in Australia and operates in the particularly sensitive sea areas of the northern Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. The vessel has its home port in Cairns but spends the majority of its time patrolling at sea, available for emergency towage tasking by AMSA should a maritime casualty occur. It is particularly suited to emergency towage with a bollard pull of 82 tonnes.
More info can be found on AMSA's website.

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