SIMS has four commercially registered vessels available for research:
Kirby II is a custom built 5.8m Rigid Inflatable Boat (R.I.B) with twin high-thrust 60hp Yamaha Motors. Restricted 2C survey status allows for near-coastal and in-shore operations. The Kirby II features ample workspace for scuba diving, snorkelling and use of a range of field sampling equipment.
Seatamer is a 6.3 metre commercial vessel with twin 80hp outboard engines. 2C survey status allows for use up to 15 nautical miles offshore with 8 people (2x crew and 6x specialised personnel) for on-water operations or 6 people (2x crew & 4x specialised personnel) for SCUBA operations. The Seatamer has a cabin for shelter and is equipped with an electric 100kg davit and large side entry dive door.
Research Punt is a 2D/E registered vessel for use in sheltered waters (smooth/partially smooth) and can carry 4 people (1x crew & 3x specialised personnel). It is a 5.0 metre aluminium side console vessel with a single 60hp outboard, ample storage, and custom trailer make this vessel ideal for estuarine operations.
SeaDoo 150 Jetski is equipped with hydrographic survey equipment to enable inshore surveys normally inaccessible or unsafe for a larger vessel.
All vessels are available either on a trailer or launched on site from SIMS boatshed on site at Chowder Bay.
Vessel Masters are required to have a NSW Maritime Boat Drivers Licence, relevant experience, and demonstrate competency at required tasks. Jet ski users must have a NSW PWC licence and have completed a SIMS approved jetski skills training/ assessment couse.
All operators must complete an induction for each vessel and operate within the guidelines of SIMS’ Vessels Safety Management System and each vessels Standard Operating Procedures.