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Aboard this mobile classroom, marine environment students learn about fishing gear technology, prawn trawling techniques, habitat mapping and aquatic sampling.

This 14m steel-hulled former Queensland prawn trawler is also used by coastal seafaring students gaining their small vessel handling certificate

Stephen Brown

This former collier is moored permanently and has been renovated for use as a stationary training ship.

Seafaring students learn how to rebuild and maintain engines on board; and a damage control unit, comprising three floodable compartments, is used to train students and Department of Defence Pacific Patrol Boat personnel.

It is also used for conducting courses for the offshore and shipping industries for the crews of vessels that carry a fast rescue boat.


Bluefin is also available for commercial charter. It has rescued stranded Antarctic scientists from Macquarie Island and conducted minesweeping trials for the Royal Australian Navy.