Marine Rescue NSW has a world-class rescue fleet that is the envy of marine rescue services both within Australia and internationally.
The landmark Fleet Modernisation Program is increasing volunteer safety and operational efficiency, equipping crews with safe, contemporary and reliable rescue vessels for their life-saving work.
In our organisation’s first decade, 91 new and refurbished vessels were delivered to units at a cost of more than $21 million.
Our momentum on the water is being maintained, with six new boats delivered in 2019-2020 and a continuing build schedule mapped out.
This work has been supported a NSW Government capital injection to Marine Rescue NSW of $37.6 million over four years, which includes funding for 38 new rescue vessels.
The largest vessel in the fleet is the 16 metre retired NSW Police Force Marine Area Command boat, Fearless, which will be deployed to the new Marine Rescue Lord Howe Island unit following a $650,000 refit and overhaul.
The addition of Rescue Water Craft (jet skis) to the fleet has provided additional flexibility and rapid-response capability, particularly on hazardous coastal bars and narrow, confined waterways.
Increased standardisation of the fleet supports our volunteer inter-operability and transferability, enabling crew members to train and operate across different vessels and units to boost rescue capability where needed.
MRNSW is committed to supporting the NSW boat building industry, not only for ease of access during construction, maintenance and servicing but also to provide valuable skilled employment in regional centres.