What links Geraldton with Tasmania?
An $8 million police boat ??
Built and designed in Geraldton, the “PV Cape Wickham” was launched today.
She’ll undergo sea trial before heading off to man waters around Tasmania.
Inspector Andrew Fogarty, from Tasmania Police, says it’s not the first time Geraldton has made a boat for Tasmania’s police force.
“I guess you’d almost call it as sister ship now to our old faithful Van Diemen, that was built back in 1995.”
“That was designed and built around Geraldton as well.”
Andrew Taylor is the managing director of the Geraldton-based business which designed the vessel.
He said the contract has been a boost for local industry and businesses.
“Geraldton’s got a long history of boat building and it’s had its ups and downs through the fortunes of the cray fishing business and things like that.
“So to have a big, high value contract like this here in town, is great for the whole industry.”
The 24-metre-long vessel was built to replace the problem-plagued P-V Fortescue.
Thanks to Tim Browne – who’s business built the vessel – for the footage.
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