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June 23, 2011
6/11 ISSUE 78
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Seaworthy is produced by the Directorate of Navy Safety Systems in the interests of promoting
safety in the Navy. The contents do not necessarily reflect Service policy and, unless stated
otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives – KEEP NAVY SAFE.
By LCDR Mark Taylor
MAS Sirius has com-
pleted a capability and
safety overhaul with the
recent addition of two new
davits and two brand new Zodiac
J3 Jet Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
The December 2010 to January
2011 fit out replaced the systems
originally fitted to her predecessor,
HMAS Westralia, which had become
both maintenance intensive and unsup-
The davits, which are used to carry
and lower the ship’s RHIBs, were una-
ble to be operated safely within their
designed limits without impacting sig-
nificantly on the ship’s operations.
The starboard davit’s load rating
left it unable to provide a suitable safe-
ty margin in the event of a swamped
RHIB, resulting in severe operating
These limitations were such that
the starboard davit could only be used
in an emergency, with the RHIB less
than half full of diesel and only two
In addition, both the ship’s propel-
ler-driven RHIBs were more than 20
years old, increasingly unreliable and
sorely in need of replacement.
Sirius, a Lloyd’s registered
Products Tanker, is required to comply
with both Lloyd’s safety require-
ments as well as those stipulated in
The design of the new boat davits
was conducted with both these stand-
ards in mind.
The ship’s very high and variable
freeboard meant the davits required
the capacity to safely launch and
recover, while carrying both its crew
and passengers – normally two crew
and eight passengers, equating roughly
to a standard RAN boarding party.
The design work started as far back
as early 2009 and was centred on the
PAP6000 Davit, made by Vestdavit of
Norway, which is an up-rated version
of the model fitted to the Armidale-
class patrol boats.
Design considerations included
changes to the wiring and lighting as
well as reinforcement of the decks.
The new davits are rated to six
tonnes, which provides an ample
safety margin for the launching and
recovery of both sea boats in up to Sea
State 4, with a maximum of 10 person-
The acquisition of Zodiac J3 Jet
RHIBs, has eliminated the additional
hazard of impact and strike injuries
associated with the operation of pro-
Operator training for both the dav-
its and the RHIBs was provided, with
the ship’s company happy with the
improved safety and operability of the
new “Playstation davits”.
The avid gamers aboard were
quickly identified as natural davit
operators, likening ease of operation to
that of video game controls.
The new davits have proven to be
considerably safer and more reliable
to operate and have greatly improved
the safety of boat evolutions on board
Sirius about safety through engineering
ON A ROLL: HMAS Sirius rolls
15 degrees to starboard as the
sea state builds during Ex Triton
Storm II earlier this year.
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
Call for Submissions
into the Treatment of Women in the
Australian Defence Force Academy
The Australian Hu man Rights Commissio n (the Commission) is co ndu cting a Review, firstly
into the treatm ent of wo men at t he Australian Defence Force Acade my (ADFA) (phase one )
and, seco ndly, into the effective ness of cultural ch ang e strategies and initiative s required to
improve le adership pathways for wo men in the Australian Defe nce Force (phase t wo).
The Review is being led by Sex Discrimination Comm issioner Elizabeth Brod erick who chairs
the exper t Review Pan el.
The Review Pan el is now ca lling for writ ten su bmissio ns for phase one of t he Review relating
to the treatment of women at ADFA.
The Review will not be investigating o r making finding s in relatio n to spe cific alleg ation s
or complaints. The Review can only report and make recommendations in relation to the
systemic issues arising from the Terms of Reference.
Specifically, written submissions are being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of
• The treatment of women at ADFA with a particular focus on the adequacy and
appropriateness of measures to: promote gender equality, ensure women’s safety, and to
address and prevent sexual harassment and abuse, and sex discrimination; and
• Initiatives required to drive cultural change in the treatment of women at ADFA,
including th e ad equ acy and effective ness of existing initiative s and of app roaches t o t raining,
education, mentoring and development.
Sub missions w ill be accepted over a two week period fr om Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2011.
We are particularly interested in hearing from current and former ADFA cadets, ADFA
graduates (especially within the last three years), as well as families and sponsor families of
ADFA cadets and ADFA personnel.
To view the full terms of reference and to lodge a submission please refer to the Submissions
page of th e Co mmission website at w w w.human rig hts.gov.au / defen cereview.
Please note that submissions received will ordinarily be made available on the Commission
we bsite. People wishing to make a confide ntial sub mission should make this cle ar at the
time of lodgement and the Review will not publish those submissions on the website.
However, people should also be aware that whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure
confide ntiality, the Commission is obliged to determine any requ est for access to do cu ment s
made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 in accordance with that Act.
Submissions to phase two of the Review will be called for following the release of the phase
For a ny inq uirie s in relatio n to th e Review submissio n p rocess
please see our website or cont act the ADF Review Se cret ariat by e mail at
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