Marine Search and Rescue

Project rollout

3 in planning
6 in progress
16 completed
25 total projects
$6.4m investment*

* Includes current investments from Victorian Government and other contributors where applicable  

Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) units across the state play an important role in the safety of boaters around Victoria’s coastline, out at sea, and in many of our inland waterways.

MSAR is made up of more than 800 volunteers, with rescues ranging from assisting sinking vessels, responding to vessels in distress and with other mechanical problems, to vessels that have run aground and need to be towed back to safe harbour.

In February 2016, the Victorian Government committed to high-level reform to better support the crucial service provided by the MSAR sector.

This decision followed the 2014 Parliamentary Inquiry into Marine Rescue Services in Victoria, which found that increased governance and regulation would be beneficial in supporting a more effective service.

ESIA is providing project management support to the MSAR Office within Emergency Management Victoria to assist with
the on-time and on-budget delivery of new MSAR sector vessels and replacement engines.

Project list