NSW Maritime has the responsibility to remove rubbish from the water in Sydney Harbour. As the iconic international gateway to Australia, Sydney Harbour needs to be maintained in a close to pristine condition, but with a surface area of some 5020 hectares it’s a mammoth task.
As the only effective means of handling storm water pollution and other forms of floating debris, the NSW Maritime’s Environmental Services team takes to the water in a variety of clean up vessels every day. More than 3500 cubic meters of rubbish is collected each year.
With Yamaha selected to power one of the four vessels dedicated to cleaning Sydney Harbour, the challenge is being met head on.
According to Leslie Brix-Nielsen, Manager of Environmental Services at NSW Maritime, the authority has enjoyed a good track record with Yamaha F115 four stroke outboard engines on other work boats.
“We have used Yamaha four stroke engines and they were very good,” Leslie said. “For this application we removed a pair of 150 hp four stroke engines (non-Yamaha) and decided to go up in power to the Yamaha F200’s.”
The work barge is a very sturdy vessel weighing in at 7 tonnes un-laden. Built in 2000, the barge has an overall length of 11.5 m and features a drop down ramp at the bow with lifting arm mounted mid ships. With so much rubbish to be collected from beaches and rocky shoreline, the barge skipper is constantly in and out of gear, placing a huge load on the gear box and props.
With almost 400 hours logged on the Yamaha F200’s everything is looking rosy. NSW Maritime is happy with the fuel consumption and general operation of the Yamaha outboards.
Yamaha’s NSW Sales Manager Alex Panagakis is enthusiastic about the Yamaha F200 engines being trialled by NSW Maritime.
“We are delighted to have our Yamaha F200 four stroke outboard engines in work with NSW Maritime,” said Alex.
“While the application is one of the toughest and most demanding on Sydney Harbour, we have absolute confidence that the Yamaha F200 will excel and deliver great operational support to our customer.”
“The feedback so far from the guys who work on the barges has been very positive.”
While the Yamaha F200 re-power on the Environmental Services barge is a new application, there are already plenty of Yamaha four stroke outboard engines in the NSW Maritime fleet both on Sydney Harbour, other metropolitan waterways and regional waterways.
Yamaha outboards are available through an Australia-wide network of authorised Yamaha outboard dealers. All Yamaha 4-stroke outboards are supported with a full 4-year manufacturer’s warranty and all 2-stroke outboards are backed by a 3 year warranty – standard conditions apply.