This past year has been incredibly rewarding and challenging at the same time, as we have undertaken a number of exciting new commercial projects alongside our ongoing recreational repairs and refits.
Our Brisbane Rivergate Yard has been a hive of activity with the development of the new custom Pilot Boats for PNG Ports Corporation. Boat 1 is coming together nicely with the wheelhouse now mounted and fitout nearing completion. We look forward to seeing Boat 1 hitting the water for initial sea trials in January 2021. The hull for Boat 2 is well underway, with both boats enjoying the benefit of a new Z bow design for increased performance at sea, and a proprietary composite design and construction methodology ensuring highest structural integrity along with overall weight reduction.
In April this year we secured the contract to construct a custom 17m Patrol Vessel for the Queensland Department of Environment & Science. The aluminium built Cat, designed by Incat Crowther, is being constructed at our facility in Gold Coast City Marina in Coomera with the assistance of the team from Lumark Fabrication. The build is progressing to schedule with the initial aluminium fabrication of the hull and superstructure almost complete, and engineering and fitout ready to commence.
We’re looking forward to another busy year in 2021 with the completion and launch of these exciting new builds, and some further announcements to be made in regards to a selection of new custom build projects under review.