Commercial builds and refits keep Steber busy

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The latest Steber 38 foot NSW Water Police vessel.
The latest Steber 38 foot NSW Water Police vessel.

NSW boat builder attracts more work and seeks to add extra staff.

Steber International is continuing its recent run of new orders for commercial vessels and refit work, and as a result is looking to take on new apprentices.

The Taree-based company recently handed over a new 38 foot NSW Water Police vessel, its 11th Water Police boat, which is now based at the Water Police headquarters at Balmain, Sydney. This follows the launch of two rescue vessels last year for Port Stephens and Port Macquarie NSW Marine Rescue units, also 38 footers and all powered by twin 420hp Yanmar diesels.

The Steber vessel under construction for the Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles.
The Steber vessel under construction for the Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles.

The company is also in production with its fourth vessel due to be delivered to Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles later this year. The 5200 Versatile Canyon Runner features a unique jade mist green hull and will be used for extended excursions, game fishing and diving. The resort took delivery of another 38 foot vessel last year with its first delivery dating back to 1999.

Another 60 foot Steber/Westcoaster is also currently under contract for the Mauritius Government’s Fisheries Department. The research vessel will be powered by a single 700hp Yanmar diesel and will have an 18 month build time.

Refits are continuing to grow in importance for the business as more boat owners look at the option of a refit rather than a new build. In recent weeks a Steber 41 was returned to her owner at South West Rocks on the NSW Mid- North Coast, as well as a Port Macquarie-based Steber 37, the Anodyne, which received two new engines, a desalination system and electronics upgrade.

With a busy workload, Steber is seeking expressions of interest from prospective shipwright apprentices to work out of the Taree factory. Interested candidates should contact production manager, Glenn Dunbier via email or phone 02 6592 0777.

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