Rescue Vessels

Marine Rescue NSW Port Stephens Rescue Vessels Currently in Service

The Unit has two primary rescue craft, both purpose-built, specialised vessels, crewed by highly-motivated and well-trained volunteers who can be called upon at anytime, day or night, to head to the assistance of those who call.

They are both Accredited Rescue Craft, and are available on a 24-hr call-out basis, subject to Police tasking.

A response time of 20 mins or less is estimated from alert to heading to sea. Both vessels boast a comprehensive inventory of the latest navigation, communication, safety and rescue technologies on board.

Rescue Vessel PS-31

Port Stephens Rescue Vessel PS-31
“John Thompson”


Length: - 11.46m (38ft)

Beam: - 3.84m (12.6ft)

Displacement: - 11.6 tonne

Draft:  - 1m

Fuel:  - 1350L

Engines: - Twin 420hp Yanmar diesel

Range: - Approx 250 nm at 10 knots - 20 hours

Top Speed:  - 30kn

Crew:  - Operational - normally 4

Rescue Vessel Port Stephens 31 John Thompson was built by Steber International, Taree, NSW and completed in May 2016. Her single hull is made of glass-reinforced plastic.

Port Stephens 31 is fitted with state-of-the-art radar, direction finding and navigation equipment as well as forward looking infra red search equipment.

John Thompson has been prepared to Marine Rescue NSW specifications with minor customisation at the request of Port Stephens Unit and is capable of covering Port Stephens and anywhere along the coast for example Broughton Island, Seal Rocks and 30nm out to sea or further if tasked by MACSAR.

Rescue Vessle PS-30 - Codi-K II

Port Stephens Rescue Vessel PS-30  -  ‘Codi-K II’


Make / Model: - Gemini WR-850

Type: - Rigid-Hull Inflatable (RHIB)

Length:  - 8.5m

Beam:  - 2.8m

Engines: - 2 x Mercury Verado four-stroke Outboards 200hp each (150kW)

Fuel Capacity:  -  2 x 200 litre tanks

Fuel Consumption: - Cruising speed - 50 litres / hour

Displacement: - 3.2 tonnes

Survey: - 2C

Crew:  - 4 operational

Speed:  - Top speed around 40 knots. Cruising speed 25 to 30 knots

Lifeboat PS-30 (Codi-K II) was manufactured in South Africa, prepared by Britton Marine of Taren Point NSW, and completed in February 2012. Her single hull is made of glass-reinforced plastic with alloy longitudinal keel reinforcement and her cabin is glass-reinforced plastic.

She boasts among her electronic equipment a Raymarine Radar/Plotter, Furuno AIS Class-A and FLIR Thermal Night Vision System.

Codi-K II has been prepared to Port Stephens Unit specifications in consultation with Marine Rescue NSW, and is capable of covering all of the areas of Port Stephens; ie, the Myall River system, Karuah River, and the other shallow areas of our waterways, as well as outside waters as required.