Maritime Hawkesbury Flood Clean Up
MILLION-DOLLAR VESSELS AND COMMAND CENTRE TO BOOST STATE’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The State’s emergency response has received a major boost with the launch of two new NSW Maritime vessels and a state-of-the-art maritime command centre in Sydney Harbour.
Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said the vessels worth $2 million and the $700,000 State Marine Incident Coordination Centre (SMICC) in Rozelle would help NSW Maritime crews swing into action across the State.
“Unprecedented rain and flooding this year have led to a major increase in debris on NSW waterways, resulting in an extremely busy 12 months for the Maritime Environmental Services team,” Mr Elliott said.
“These new NSW built boats will boost the clean-up effort, while our new coordination centre will be a central hub for our response to natural disasters and maritime events; whether it’s managing New Year’s Eve or the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, or supporting our partner agencies such as the joint rescue of the stricken cargo vessel MV Portland Bay in July.”