Home' Work Boat World : August 2009 Contents The Fitzhardinge family of Port Denison
has been occupied with recycling boats
over the past two years, having now
severed its long association with the
Western Australian lobster fishery.
The 24-metre 'Northerner' was
completed in February 2009, and the
34-metre 'Atlas 2000' was, more recently,
finished and ready for work in the offshore
industry in the north of Australia.
'Atlas 2000' was designed by Southerly
Designs and built by Geraldton Boat
Builders in 2000 for the Newbold family as
a longliner, used to operate in the tuna and
swordfish industry on the west coast of
Western Australia. Following the decline in
that fishery, the boat was laid up for a time
before being purchased by the Fitzhardinge
family in February 2007.
The vessel was fitted with a 3412 CAT
engine, producing 447kW at 1,800rpm, 130
and 160kVA gensets, a hydraulic power
pack, substantial compressors and all the
equipment expected on a long-range Class
3A fishing vessel.
Both projects were led by Tim
Fitzhardinge. At the beginning, he was often
required to travel to Perth to supervise the
substantial re-plating of the bottom of the
boat at Strategic Marine in Henderson, which
was damaged due to internal water damage
in the vessel's freezer.
Following the completion of this work, as
well as a hull survey, the boat was handed
over and sailed to Port Denison at Christmas
2007, where the conversion of the fish hold
to accommodation, and the fish deck to a
saloon and ablution area was undertaken by
The boat was then transported to
Geraldton for the internal fitout, specified to
a high level of finish, with five double cabins
and one triple cabin below in the old fish
hold. Additionally, the extension to the
galley, generous saloon area, separate
showers, toilets, and a laundry connected to
a sullage system were also added. This layout,
combined with the original accommodation
provides bunks for 24 people.
With the commissioning of the new
200-tonne Travelift in Geraldton, the boat
returned to the port, was lifted out and
subsequently trucked to the wharf and
welded with a new ten-metre section,
fabricated by Western Boat Builders from a
design by Southerly Designs.
The new section is fitted with twin
Hamilton HJ422 jets driven by 6HYM
Yanmar engines, producing 313kW at
1,900rpm and the system is equipped with
the Hamilton MECS control system. A Cat
2.2 22kVA harbour genset in a shield, a
4,000-litre day tank, a freezer and a cool
room were also installed in the new
section. Two two-tonnes at six-metres
knuckleboom cranes, as well as a ten-tonne
tugger and stern roller were also added.
Although the wheelhouse retains the
helm position on the starboard side, the
remainder was gutted and new
foreward-facing work stations were fitted
with seating for four technicians to work
while having a clear view of operations. A
large master's cabin and meeting room are
also located on this level.
An aft facing control station is located on
the upper deck abaft the wheelhouse,
commanding an unrestricted view of the aft
deck, with all the ship's controls duplicated.
The vessel's five-metre RIB rescue boat is
stowed on the upper deck forward of the
wheelhouse, and has its own crane for
launching and retrieval.
However, the vessel was primarily designed
to support hydrographic, environmental and
similar survey work, and with its generous,
high standard accommodation, living
areas, adequate deck and deck equipment, it is
well suited to this task.
The first one-month cruise from
Exmouth to just off Darwin and back
demonstrated the success of the twin jet
concept via the carrying out of various
The first part of the cruise took place in
up to 30-knot easterlies in the morning.
The jets had no difficulty holding the
vessel into the wind at zero speed while the
equipment was recovered and set, and the
fuel economy proved highly functional
running on only the main engine, as the
jet system produces negligible drag.
Both 'Atlas 2000' and 'Northerner' are
contracted to operate through Gun Marine
Services of Exmouth.
For further information contact:
Western Boat Builders, Australia.
PH: +61 8 9921 1645,
FX: +61 8 9921 6404,
Type of vessel:
Work Boat / OSV
Port Denison, Australia
Geraldton Boat Builders /
Robinson Welding /
Western Boat Builders,
1 x Caterpillar 3412, 447kW
2 x Yanmar 6HYM 313kW
2 x Hamilton HJ 422
1 x 130kVA Ford/Mecalte,
1 x 160kVA Ford/Mecalte,
1 x CAT 2.2 22kVA harbour
genset in shield
1 x Thrustmaster 48.5kW
knuckleboom crane fwd;
knuckleboom cranes aft
1 x 10-tonne tugger
winch on aft deck
Page's Electrical, Geraldton
Fleet Hydraulics, Geraldton
Cramer and Neil Tropical
Marine airflow system
by Hirst Sevices
24 in berths
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