Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Celebrating 50 years of the Police Vessel Vigilant

17 September 2021

The Tasmania Police vessel Vigilant is celebrating a momentous milestone marking 50 years since it first hit the waters to join the Tasmania Police vessel fleet.

Built by Tasmanian boat builder Ray Kemp in 1970 and completed in 1971, the PV Vigilant has a rich history and can often be seen patrolling waters across the State.

PV Vigilant played an integral role in the aftermath of the Tasman Bridge collapse, where it was used as a dive support vessel.

It was also used to search for the cargo ship Blythe Star when it was lost off Southwest Cape in 1973 and was involved in policing the Franklin River protests.

In 2006, the PV Vigilant towed the Lady Nelson to safety in Hobart when it had engine trouble in Storm Bay with a group of school children on board.

Whilst the Vigilant is still going strong, the Tasmanian Liberal Government is also investing $24.6 million to future proof police vessels for Tasmanian marine policing.

We recognise that our marine police officers undertake important roles in policing commercial and recreational marine activities.

The thirty-two police who are attached to Marine and Rescue Services statewide will soon have access to the brand new PV Dauntless, which will be operational before the end of this year.

50 years of continuous commercial operational service is a testament to the Vigilant’s design and construction, and we recognise the efforts of crew members and contractors who have managed and maintained the Vigilant to such a high standard.