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Posted: October 16, 2013 in Marine, Power Generation

Cummins generator sets are powering the critical command, control and communications systems on Australia’s new Cape Class patrol boats which are described as an important milestone in the country’s maritime border security program.

The eight new 58-metre Cape Class vessels – replacing the ageing fleet of 38-metre Bay Class patrol boats – are being built by Austal at its Henderson shipyard (near Perth) in Western Australia.

Austal was awarded the $330 million contract in 2011 for the design, construction and in-service support of the Cape Class – a vessel specifically designed for critical maritime law enforcement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

The first of the new patrol boats was delivered earlier this year while the remaining seven are due to be operational by August 2015. They will provide an “enormous boost in capability” according to the Customs and Border Protection Service.

New Cape Class patrol boats are equipped with twin Cummins QSM11 gensets which provide the critical power for the sophisticated electronics systems for command, control and communications.

New Cape Class patrol boats are equipped with twin Cummins QSM11 gensets which provide the critical power for the sophisticated electronics systems for command, control and communications.


Help me, Rhondda!

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Marine

Mooloolaba Coast Guard on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast believes it now has the best rescue vessel of its type in Australia.

Powered by twin 8.3-litre Cummins QSC engines, each rated at 500 hp, the new 14-metre Rhondda Rescue went into service in late 2012 and has a sprint speed of 27 knots.

Capable of operating in cyclonic weather, Rhondda Rescue cost the Mooloolaba branch of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard in excess of $1 million.

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Pilots in ‘skirmish’ at sea

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Marine

Neal Higgs understands the ocean at the entrance to the shipping channel leading to the Port of Brisbane. Thirty years of familiarity as a pilot boat skipper here have taught him its temperament.

He knows its winds, waves and tides, what lies beneath.

As the pilot launch nuzzles in against the container ship with a soft bump, matching its speed to the ship’s 10 knots and settling into the lee of her massive hull to put the pilot aboard, Higgs is a model of calm authority as senior coxswain for Brisbane Marine Pilots.

Today, the ocean is a bit choppy with 2 to 2.5-metre swells but nothing to worry about.

A day or so later, however, it’s a ‘high energy’ piece of ocean that Higgs confronts in the pilot launch, doing six pilot transfers in a night shift as the remnants of tropical Cyclone Oswald unleash high winds and flooding down the Queensland coast.

“It was a bit lumpy,” Higgs tells me later in a classic understatement, adding that the seas were five to 10 metres and the wind 40-plus knots.

Neal Higgs works out of the pilot station at Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where Brisbane Marine Pilots’ latest vessel, Skirmish, has been operating from since May 2012.

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Cummins QSM11-powered Skirmish will carry out more than 60,000 pilot transfers during its service life with Brisbane Marine Pilots.


Master craft

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Marine

O’Brien 47 powered by Cummins QSM11 engines.

Peter O’Brien has been described as “boatbuilder extraordinaire”, a title readily endorsed by his customers.

A legendary name in sportfishing circles, Townsville-based O’Brien has built his reputation on the back of decades of boatbuilding and fishing experience.

A shipwright by trade, O’Brien set up his own business in 1978 and has gone on to build game boats up to 57 ft that have earned rave reviews.

Today, O’Brien Boats is well known and respected in circles beyond the game fishing industry.

Just ask the Townsville Coast Guard.

In 2011 Townsville Coast Guard took delivery of its second O’Brien vessel, replacing a boat built 10 years earlier by the company.

In those 10 years, the boat completed more that 1500 search and rescues, retrieving almost 1350 vessels.

The new 47 ft O’Brien, powered by 610 hp Cummins QSM11 engines, has “far exceeded our expectations” says Townsville Flotilla Commander Richard Boulton.


Triple treat

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Marine

Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht is capable of speeds of up to 35 knots.

Riviera has launched two 1800 hp triple-engine Cummins Zeus models, the 53 Flybridge and 5800 Sport Yacht.

Both the 53 Flybridge and 5800 Sport Yacht are now genuine 30-knot plus boats thanks to the triple 600 hp Cummins QSC engines coupled to Zeus pod drives.

During sea trials, the 5800 Sport Yacht showed it was capable of speeds of up to 35 knots while the heavier 53 Flybridge achieved an average top speed of 32.5 knots.

The electronic 8.3-litre Cummins QSC rated at 600 hp provides the highest power density in this engine class. Riviera’s sea trials showed the triple QSC installation to be quiet and incredibly clean throughout the rev range.

Both the 53 Flybridge and 5800 Sport Yacht were originally launched with a competitior pod drive system, but the need to widen the appeal of both boats and provide a genuine 30-knot top speed has driven the 1800 hp triple-Zeus installation.

The first Riviera to be offered with Zeus was the $1 million-plus 5000 Sport Yacht in 2009. This 1200 hp boat has a twin drive pod set-up coupled to Cummins QSC 600 engines. (more…)