Boats step up
By SALLY GORDON
A BRAND new 10-metre police patrol boat took off from the Yamba Marina yesterday morning, bound for Brisbane.
The vessel, manufactured at Bill Collingburn's Yamba Welding and Engineering, is one of the latest additions to Brisbane's water police fleet.
The patrol boat has been docked at the marina over the past two weeks for trial runs in the Clarence River.
Yamba Welding and Engineering director Bill Collingburn said the aluminum ves- sel was part of a contract with the Queensland Police Force.
"We had a contract to build this one and we're quoting on some more ... the Government were looking for a company that was quality assured and Yamba Welding is one of the few boat builders that have it," he said.
Yamba Welding also is contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service.
On board to supervise the patrol boat's maiden voyage to Brisbane was Senior Sergeant Allan Nicol, officer in charge of the Marine Technical Section at Brisbane Water Police.
Currently sitting at the Yamba Marina also is a new nine-metre ocean cylinder, or capture boat, that Yamba Welding recently built for the Sydney Harbour Aquarium at Darling Harbour.
Mr Collingburn said the vessel had been purposely built for marine specialists to catch, release and transport fish.
"They have a recirculating tank for it which they use to catch fish and keep them alive," Mr Collingburn said.