Wyndham Harbour adds 24-hour fuel

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New fuel service on Port Phillip Bay welcomed by marine rescue services.

Wyndham Harbour Marina on Port Phillip Bay has opened a 24/7 fuel dock for use by local boaters, commercial vessels and local marine rescue services.

“Boaties can now access reliable, competitively-priced fuel, 24/7, including high flow diesel and unleaded to suit all kinds of boats, using credit card or a pre-paid card you can purchase from the marina office,” said Darren Finkelstein, marina manager.

“Our new fuel dock will service all vessels, from the Water Police to PWCs, sailing boats, commercial vessels, the charter and fishing fleets, dive boats and families enjoying a day out or weekend on the water.”

The 24-hour availability of fuel has been welcomed by Werribee Coast Guard which uses the marina to berth one of its vessels.

“We are berthed at Wyndham Harbour in a berth kindly donated by the marina and we keep the rescue vessel there 80% of the time,” said Bruce Lawrence, VF10 Flotilla Commander.

“There are between 600 and 1,000 boats on the Bay at any one time. The Coast Guard receives 50 to 60 call outs per year, from racing yachts having navigation issues, to tragic cases of missing people. It’s our duty to provide quick response time to call outs so we need to be able to refuel the boat’s 400 litre tank quickly.

“To date, that has been a painful operation, especially in an emergency. We had to trailer the boat to a servo, which depending on traffic can take an hour or more, complete with ‘8m wide load’ sign and flashing lights. We can’t just go to any servo – we require high flow diesel and the trailer with the vessel is very high, with a large turning circle.

“That particular servo shuts at 11pm, so if we get called out at night, which happens frequently, we can be left in the lurch.

Darren Finkelstein, Wyndham Harbour Marina manager (right) receives the Clean Marina and Gold Anchor Accreditation from Andrew Chapman, MIA president.
Darren Finkelstein, Wyndham Harbour Marina manager (right) receives the Clean Marina and Gold Anchor Accreditation from Andrew Chapman, MIA president.

“Having 24/7 fuel at Wyndham Harbour Marina which can be accessed in five minutes is a big bonus for everybody in the area. For the boating public, they are less likely to run out of fuel, so they’re less likely to be stuck in the middle of the Bay. For commercial vessels, it’s a convenient option around the clock, and for us, we can be confident of quicker response times in any emergency.”

Wyndham Harbour also recently received its accreditation as a 4 Gold Anchor marina under the Global Gold Anchor scheme as well as being a certified as a Clean Marina under the International Clean Marina Program.

“Upholding the values of the accreditations is motivating for staff and promotion of the marina as globally accredited gives us an on-going marketing edge” said Finkelstein.

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