A fully-equipped lifeboat and davit have been donated to TAFE Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef International Marine College.
Phil Williams, Director of Maritime Educational Delivery, said the equipment will be used as training aids to support the in-demand maritime industry with a pipeline of qualified seafarers.
“We are very grateful to the Maritime Union of Australia which facilitated the lifeboat and davit donation from the Royal Australian Navy,” Mr Williams said.
“The lifeboat and davit were removed from MV Sycamore in Sydney and steamed to Cairns on board Australian Defence Vessel Reliant, before a crane and team from Sea Swift collected the donation and transferred it to the college.
“This donation is a great example of government and industry working collaboratively with TAFE Queensland to expand student learning opportunities and provide seafarers with vital hands-on training,” he said.
The lifeboat and davit at the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College will be operational for student training in 2024.