Commercial Vessels – AMSA Free Workshop in St Helens

Commercial operators in St Helens are invited to a free workshop on the 12th of May, 2016. The aim of the workshop is to give commercial operators an understanding of a Safety Management System (SMS). See details below.

Please RSVP. 

AMSA_NSCV_meeting 12th May 2016

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St Helens Marine Rescue Up and Running

St Helens Marine Rescue is pleased to announce the service is up and running, at long last, now we have gained full certification. This required passing the very stringent standards for commercial vessels. Our certificate of Survey arrived on the 10th of February.

We are the first VMR in Tasmania to do so.

Georges Bay in Action

Georges Bay in Action

The new vessel (pictured), “Georges Bay”, is performing impeccably. Again our organisation passes on its heartfelt appreciation to the Community for the wonderful support and encouragement. Georges Bay is a community vessel made possible through the many generous donations and contributions.

Thus far we have responded to numerous calls for assistance for escorts to cross the St Helens Bar and Pelican Point, which remains a challenge particularly at low tides. By and large the vessels seeking assistance come from interstate. Crews have expressed their gratitude for the service, whilst staying they are overwhelmed by the beauty and ambience of our community. They see our glorious location as a welcomed break from the isolation and distances of the sea as they travel largely between Eden to Hobart.

Recently we have seen an increase in membership. We welcome them and anyone who has an interest in maritime activities. We offer a suite of training to suit new members in First Aid, Radio Licencing, Vessel Crewing, ESS (Elements of Shipboard Safety) and Coxswain Certification.

One essential service we are proud of is to provide radio coverage for the St Helens Game Fishing Club. With this we maintain radio contact with all entrants throughout the days of the competition. Hourly schedules call up all vessels to ascertain their location this ensures their safety whilst at sea.

Contact us on 6376 2443 OR 0408 817 359 OR email at: OR drop in at the base on the Esplanade.

John Sullivan (Secretary)

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Breaking News – SAR vessel Georges Bay can now tow

This is a very important announcement to mariners covered by St Helens Marine Rescue.

A review of the stability data for the SAR vessel “Georges Bay” was undertaken by our Naval Architect. We are pleased to announce, subsequently there has been a revision of the vessel’s certificate of Survey (dated 10th February, 2016)  now states:

“Towing to be carried out strictly in accordance with instructions in the Stability Handbook, Revision B”

It must be noted these provisions conform with “National Standard for Commercial Vessels” (NSCV).

Essentially this means Georges Bay can now tow under the following Caveats:-

1. Towing operations are restricted to smaller vessels such that:

  • the towed vessel does not exceed about 6 tonnes displacement or 12 metres in length,
  • must be able to achieve 3 knots tow speed or greater or else discontinue the tow,
  • tow speed does not exceed 4 knots for larger vessels or 6 knots for vessels up to the size of the Vessel itself,


  • vessels which are FREE AFLOAT and NOT AGROUND,
  • during DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY outside Sheltered Waters.

2. ALL crew shall be trained in towing operations and associated emergency procedures.

3. The towing rig shall incorporate appropriate shock load and quick release features.

4. A RISK ASSESSMENT for EACH TOW shall be carried out by the crew BEFORE HOOKUP.

On behalf of St Helens Marine Rescue we are delighted to make this announcement. Our services are now in full swing, the state of the art vessel, “Georges Bay”, is ready and able to provide for mariners well being and safety of mariners in North Eastern Tasmania.

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Breaking News: Georges Bay is on the water

Finally Georges Bay is in SURVEY

Finally Georges Bay is in SURVEY

St Helens Marine Rescue is excited to inform mariners Georges Bay is finally in Survey.

This came through as of Friday the 29th of January, 2016.

In order for this to take place the vessel had to undergo a rigorous assessment which means it meets the standards as prescribed under the Australia wide NSCV (National System for Commercial Vessels). We believe we are the first in Australia to undertake this process.

So what does this mean?

This long awaited vessel is available to serve mariners within the North East region of Tasmania. The conditions under which Georges Bay can be deployed include:

  1. The vessel will be operated by appropriately qualified skippers and crew;
  2. It passed rigorous safety equipment standards;
  3. Capable of  rescuing persons at sea.
  4. Can act as an escort vessel within Class 2C (R) waters i.e. 15 nautical miles from the coast.

Safety equipment includes:

  • Automatic Identification System (AIS);
  • Radar;
  • Sonar;
  • Navigational GPS;
  • VHF radio.

All of this was made possible by the magnificent contribution of the public and corporate sponsorship. The journey has taken 12 months since the loss of Break O’Day. We are eternally indebted to those who contributed as we acknowledged in previous posts.

All mariners please note: Georges Bay under its Survey conditions is not permitted to tow vessels under any circumstances.

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Welcome BP Australia

St Helens Marine Rescue is proud to announce the outstanding sponsorship of BP Australia. This incredibly generous support is a prime enabler for St Helens Marine Rescue to provide for the wellbeing and safety of mariners in NE Tasmania. The sponsorship covers marine products so very necessary for the efficient and reliable performance of the marine rescue vessels.Terry Brown, the Northern Tasmanian representative for BP Australia presented Vice President Paul Young with BP’s sponsorship at St Helens Marine Rescue Base during the week.President John Dearing expressed his gratitude and appreciation for BP’s sponsorship. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of the importance that marine safety has in ensuring our waterways are safe and that support to mariners is ongoing. BP Australia is a key contributor to this cause.

BP Australia’s web site ( has a comprehensive range of products for mariners.

Terry Brown of BP Australia and Vice President Paul Young

Terry Brown of BP Australia and Vice President Paul Young

BP Australia

BP Australia

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