May 15, 2012
Customs Pays a Visit
Hamilton Island Marina was visited by ACV Corio Bay recently. The 38 metre long Australian Customs Vessel was in the area on routine patrols and docked at the barge wharf for a 48-hour visit.
As one of eight Bay-class vessels, the Corio Bay and her sister vessels maintain border security around Australia’s 37 000 kilometre coastline, including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays.
The Customs and Border Protection Bay class vessels have a range of about 1000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 20 knots. They normally carry a crew of eight, but can accommodate up to 16 people for extended periods. Bay-class vessels can stay at sea for up to 30 days.
As well as carrying out Customs duties, the Corio Bay conducts coastal and offshore patrols on behalf of other Commonwealth and State agencies. ACV vessels also have a role to play in search and rescue.