Port of Bundaberg welcomes Patrol Boat
One of the Australian Navy’s Cape Class Patrol Boats, the ADV Cape Fourcroy is set to berth at the Port of Bundaberg today (January 20, 2021 ) – its second visit to Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Sir Thomas Hiley Wharf since 2018.
The patrol boat and her sister ship ADV Cape Inscription, along with a fleet of 13 Armidale Class Patrol Boats are Navy's principal contribution to the nation's multiagency fisheries protection, immigration, customs and drug law enforcement operations.
Cape Fourcroy spans 58 metres and can clock up to 25 knots with a range of 4000 nautical miles.
The Australia Defence Vessel is not just a line of defence, in 2018 it rescued nine Papua New Guinean fisherman after they drifted in the Torres Strait without fuel or food for six days.
GPC’s Port of Bundaberg Manager, Jason Pascoe said this time the patrol boat was visiting for some well-earned shore leave and for vessel supplies.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming the vessel, its Commander and Officers as well as the 27-crew members onboard,” Mr Pascoe said.
“It’s the second time we’ve hosted the patrol boat at our Port,” he said.
Mr Pascoe said the crew would top up on water, fuel and supplies during the short stay.
“The Port of Bundaberg is a great a place for the crew to stretch their sea legs,” he said.
“We’re proud to welcome the crew to our port and to be able to provide services to help the defence vessel continue their great work protecting our borders.”
The ADV Cape Fourcroy is expected to arrive at 10am on 20 January for a short stay at the Sir Thomas Hiley Wharf.
Last year, its sister ship the ADV Cape Inscription dropped into the Port of Bundaberg for a short stay in November.
The Patrol Boat Group’s headquarters are in Darwin with vessels home ported in Darwin and Cairns.
The ADV Cape Fourcroy