FEBRUARY 26, 2018

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Duffy… from casualty transfer to remote island support

Sealink’s 17 metre high speed paramedic transfer catamaran, Duffy, has recently been converted to a passenger transfer vessel for the remote island community of Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Aus Ships Group recently completed the major conversion and out of water docking at its Brisbane shipyard.

Originally designed and built as a high speed paramedic/ ambulance for the LNG project in Gladstone, her new role will see her providing a modern, safe and fast transfer service for Sealink’s Northern Territory operations.

The conversion included; design, construction & installation of an hydraulic beach loading ramp, grounding bars, removal of paramedic equipment and stretcher bays, fitting of passenger seats internally & externally, installation of coastal liferafts, installation of interceptor trim control system, waterjet and machinery servicing, upgrade of the underwater coatings to the latest in silicon technology, complete change in external livery and reclassification to a class 1 passenger ship.

Duffy – pre-conversion

Duffy’s namesake

Internal seating arrangement

Duffy ready for relaunch

passenger ferry refit travel lift sealink
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