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56 Point Samson Road
Point Samson
Western Australia 6720

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PO Box 2
Wickham, 6720
Western Australia

Big Ned



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Big Ned is an 18.5 metre mono-hull vessel specially designed and modified to conduct marine monitoring studies, including diving operations and hydro graphic surveys. She has accommodation for 8 personnel and is equipped with a certified hydraulic operated A-frame, winch and Hiab that are all controlled from a single control unit. Big Ned was last modified in 2012 and is IMCA-accredited.


The Vessel

Name: Big Ned

Call sign: VM 3361

Builder: Millman

Construction: Aluminium Maxi-Vision

Place of Construction: Geraldton WA

Refit 1: Installation of A-frame, Hiab, deck winch and all associated hydraulics. Construction of 3 new cabins. All new navigation electronics fitted in wheelhouse

Year of Refit: August 2012

Launched: 2003

Last slipped: May 2012. New anti-fouling applied

SPV No: 755

M&H Number: 5749

Survey Status: Current and updated

Survey Class: 1D 70+4, 2B 10+2

Survey Certificate No.: 1D 72216

       2B 72217

Operational Limits: 1D Gazetted Sheltered Waters

         2B 200 Nautical Miles

Passengers: 1D 70 unberthed + 4 crew

     2B 10 day + 2 crew

     2B 5 overnight + 2 crew


Vessel Details

Length (measured): 18.48 m

Breadth (MLD): 5.8 m

Depth Mid-Ship: 5.8 m

Draft: 1.5 m

Free Deck Area: 40 sq m

Storage Area: 24 cubic m

Hull type: Aluminium

Max Speed Loaded: 24 knots

Cruising: 20 knots at 2,000 RPM, 140 Litre per hour

Fuel Capacity: 6000 litres

Range: 850 NM at 17 knots with 20% reserve

     720 NM at 20 knots with 20% reserve

Gross Tonnage (inc. Fuel): 22 tonne approx

A-Frame & Hydraulics Included: 24 tonne approx

Hydraulic Operated A-Frame WLL: 2000 kg

Winch WLL: 2500 kg

Hiab WLL: 500 kg at 4.2 m

Anchor Winch: Muir Hydraulic 100 metre all chain

Bow Thruster: Fitted new August 2012

Main engine: Complete rebuild October 2011 - MTU183 985HP Model 12V183TE92

Auxiliary Engines: Brand new August 2012 - 7 KVA ONAN, 27 KVA ONAN, both single phase

Driver: Shaft

Gearbox: Twin Disc, 700 hours since rebuild

Air Conditioning: Throughout accommodation and wheelhouse

Accommodation: 2 double, 6 singles. Full galley facilities

Toilet: 1

Shower/wash places: 1/1



Radar: JRC JMA 3336 10.4" LCD Colour Radar 72NM, 12KW, ARPA, AIS TLL Data output

Echo Sounder: Hondex HE775 10.4" LCD Echo Sounder 50/200Khz @ 1KW

GPS/Plotter: OLEX 3D IHO approved (with correct sensors) Plotter/3D Seabed mapping system, AIS, ARPA interfaced, allows tracking of 50 ARPA and AIS targets. Allows infinite AIS target tracking. All antenna, transducer and draught offsets measured and tested.

TMQ Cplot V1.3 Plotting System with AIS (Cplot as a redundant backup system).

Aft mounted monitors for both OLEX and CPLOT plotting displays.

OLEX, CPLOT, monitors and all mandatory equipment supplied with 240V AC from dedicated Inverter, 50 Amp charger and 200AH battery bank.

Furuno GP32 GPS receiver (connected to OLEX).

JRC JLR4310 GPS Receiver (connected to CPLOT as a redundant system).

AIS: Registered Class B AIS transponder, fitted with SCALAR CM156 antenna

Auto Pilot: TMQ CDrive (AP 500) with data inputs from both CPOLT and OLEX

Radio’s: ICOM ICM801 MF/HF 150W radio with SCALAR HM223 antenna, Icon VHF

Monitoring: CCTV deck monitoring in wheelhouse

Compass: 1

Wireless terminal: 1

Entertainment: Flat screen TV and video. Stereo system located on deck and wheelhouse



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