Australian Border Force patrol boat ran aground in Great Barrier Reef

An Australian Border Force (ABF) patrol boat, ACV Roebuck Bay has ran aground into the Great Barrier Reef north-east of Lockhart River in Queensland, Australia at 12.48 am on Sept. 30.

A spokesman from Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) confirmed the incident.

“On 30 September 2017, Australian Border Force Cutter Roebuck Bay reported she had run aground on the Great Barrier Reef, north east of Lockhart River,” the spokesman said. “No crew members were injured in the incident, and there has been no maritime pollution effect as a result of the incident.”

The impact flooded the patrol boat’s forward compartment and caused extensive damage to its propellers and rudders. The damage caused to the reef is still unknown.

The incident happened just months after the completion of a $5 million upgrade on the vessel including state-of-the-art navigation and surveillance equipment.

An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Emergency Towage Vessel (ETV), Coral Knight has towed the ship to Cooktown for assessment.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has launched an investigation the incident.

ACV Roebuck Bay

ACV Roebuck Bay (ACV 10) is a Bay-class patrol boat of the Australian Border Force (ABF). The Bay-class is a class of eight armed 134-tonne patrol boats, built by Australian shipbuilder, Austal Ships.

The vessels have a displacement of 134 tons, are 38.2 metres (125 ft) long, have a beam of 7.2 metres (24 ft), and a draught of 2.4 metres (7.9 ft).

They are powered by two MTU 16V 2000 M70 diesels, supplemented by a VosperThornycroft bow thruster. This enables the patrol boats to have a maximum speed of 20 knots, and a maximum range of 1,000 nm (1,900 km).

Each vessel is fitted with a 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, and two Wiltrading Pursuit 640 vessels are carried for boarding operations. The sensor suite consists of a Racal Decca surface search radar operating in the E/F and I bands, and a Wesmar SS 390E dipping sonar.

The Bay-class have a crew complement of 12.



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