Hervey Bay workboat builder to showcase hi-tech capabilities in Sydney

HERVEY Bay-based specialised aluminium workboat builder BtB Marine will exhibit their range of workboats at the Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, with the theme ‘future driven workboats.’

HERVEY Bay-based specialised aluminium workboat builder BtB Marine will exhibit their range of workboats at the Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney. PHOTO: Supplied.

The event takes place at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from 10-12 May, 2022.

BtB Marine will be based at the Queensland Government stand.

The company will be available to share information and briefing about their range of hi-tech workboats, including the multi award-winning 7.5m Ultra Long Range 750ULR, 12m Landing Craft and Fast Passenger vessels and their new 675ULR design.

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BtB Marine’s 750ULR and the new 675ULR workboat series are a trailerable design powered by 200Hp or 300Hp OXE Diesel Outboard(s), with a range of around  600 nautical miles at wide-open throttle and requiring only 200-hour service  periods.

The new 6.7m 675ULR continues the legacy of the 750ULR, with lighter weight and more transportable characteristics.

The series are fitted out towards the customer’s exact requirements or standard packages are available for specific operations. 

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BtB Marine has been leading the way in next generation cost-effective commercial  workboat designs in the Asia-Pacific region, embracing new diesel outboard  technology to reduce emissions and improve efficiency and OPEX, and sees a bright  future for (smaller) efficient and safe vessels. 

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Continuing BtB Marine’s reputation for the early adoption of emerging technologies, the innovative specialised aluminium boatbuilder will also demonstrate remote controlled autonomous operation of their Project INDIGO 750ULR Ultra Long Range vessel cruising around the waters of her homeport Hervey Bay LIVE from their stand (3B19) at the IndoPacific Expo.

A lucky few will get the opportunity to pilot the vessel at 10.30am each day of the exposition, live from the BtB Marine stand (weather permitting).  

Powered by a 200hp OXE Diesel outboard engine, this vessel has previously been utilised in the Australian Department of Defence’s HIPP program conducting hydrographic survey off the coast of Tasmania.

David Field – Operations Director at iXBlue, contractor of Defence’s HIPP program – said “iXblue have used INDIGO for two survey projects to complete the nearshore hydrographic components. The data is of excellent quality with no impact of acoustic interference from the vessel and requiring minimal post processing. INDIGO is a sturdy platform capable of collecting good quality data in marginal sea states.” 

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BtB Marine’s General Manager Chris Hough said the 750ULR vessel with one OXE Diesel Outboard can fulfil many roles like border patrol, port security, hydrographic survey, crew transfer and much more cost-effectively, both with initial cost and ongoing operation costs.

“Being a regional manufacturer, BtB Marine can offer reasonably priced solutions for our customers,” he said.

In other news, BtB Marine is about to invest significantly in an innovative new hi-tech manufacturing facility which will streamline operations and allow their production capacity to more than double. 

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BtB Marine’s innovation skills and boat building capability were recognised by the Australian Marine Industry in 2020, with the company winning two major national marine industry awards – The Australian Marine Industry Award for Innovation and the AusMarine Award for the Best Multi-Purpose Workboat.

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