Eight boats made by Invercargill’s Stabicraft will begin operating in the Northern Territory late this month.
The $NZ 2 million order eight of the 27-year-old company’s 6.9-metre Supercab vessels will be used by the territory’s Police, Fire and Emergency Services after water tests – which they are currently undergoing – in Brisbane.
Each vessel has a dry weight of 2,580 kilograms.
“[T]he fleet and their two man crews will patrol waters from the Western Australia border through to the Queensland border, a coastline of 10,953 km,” Stabicraft said in a statement.
The company’s boats are used in Australia since an order in 2008 for vessels used by the Australian Customs and Border Patrol, the Otago Daily Times reports.
Stabicraft has been exporting for 26 years, and employs 54 staff.