Deodar II - police launch
The history of the Deodar II project stems from the sinking of the previous Deodar, leading to an urgent need for a new vessel at a time when funds were scarce. The Police had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve in a new boat, but didn’t have nearly the budget to achieve it in a conventional way.
After considerable background work, a competitive tendering process was entered into. Success required innovative thinking to achieve the numerous features that would enable the vessel to meet the operational criteria requested, within tight financial constraints. McMullen & Wing won the tender and went on to work closely with Police maritime staff to develop, design, build and deliver a vessel which was very successful in all respects.
Deodar II was replaced in 2007 with a larger vessel. Police Minister Annette King’s speech at the launching of the replacement vessel gives some insight into the hard working life of an Auckland police launch.
“It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 vessels in the Auckland region, approaching half the 230,000 vessels in the national fleet. Every year the 15-year-old Deodar II has been responding to about 3500 incidents. That’s hardly surprising as the number of vessels in the Auckland region means that on any given day, but particularly at weekends and in the summer, there can be hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders at work or at play on the water.”
Annette King, Minister of Police 2007