Warrnambool's Coast Guard vessel gets a makeover

Coast Guard Warrnambool volunteer Mark Atkinson works on the rescue vessel installing the FLIR camera, used to capture thermal imagery in the water.

Coast Guard Warrnambool volunteer Mark Atkinson works on the rescue vessel installing the FLIR camera, used to capture thermal imagery in the water.

WARRNAMBOOL’S Coast Guard boat took a short break from her regular post in Lady Bay for a bit of TLC last week.

The vessel went “code 40”, meaning she was out of service for maintenance. Last Tuesday she was taken to Port Fairy and put on the slipway to make sure everything was shipshape. 

Flotilla commander Adrian Calderwood said each year a certain amount of maintenance had to be completed and bi-annually the underside needed to be re-coated to stop barnacles. 

“While she’s on the slip we are giving her a good clean and giving things a good check over,” Mr Calderwood said. 

“We’ve had a lot of help from Port Fairy Marine Rescue which has been fantastic.

“The crew from Melbourne have also been down to service the engines and jets and we’ve done a bit of work on the electrical wiring as well. 

“We are having the FLIR infrared camera installed as well, which will help us detect items in the water,” he said. 

“It will also help with navigation in close quarters.” 

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