New Customs vessel naming ceremony at Fremantle
The latest addition to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s marine fleet was at Victoria Quay on 20 June for its naming ceremony.

Published: 20/06/2014
ACV Thaiyak at B Berth, Victoria Quay, Fremantle (photo courtesy Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation)
ACV Thaiyak is a purpose-built vessel with advanced surveillance technology and capability to operate at sea for up to three months without support.
It will be used for a wide range of maritime security tasks, including apprehending foreign fishing boats, responding to illegal maritime arrivals, monitoring environmental pollution and assisting in the management of offshore nature reserves and marine parks.
ACV Thaiyak will be stationed on a near-permanent basis at the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison MP attended the naming ceremony which was held wharfside and in B Shed. He said ACV Thaiyak would significantly bolster Australia's ability to detect and respond to illegal maritime threats in Australian waters.

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Liz Cosson, Acting Secretary for Immigration and Border Protection naming the vessel with Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison MP; Roman Quaedvlieg, Deputy Chief Officer Border Enforcement ACBPS; and Nigel Perry, National Director, Border Force Capability ACBPS

Minister Morrison acknowledged industry partners Strategic Marine and Gardline for their work in delivering the ship on time and within budget.

Thaiyak is an Indigenous word meaning spear, with the name in this case representing protection, endurance, enforcement and guardianship. It was chosen in recognition of the contribution of Indigenous officers to the Australian Customs and Border Protection’s Marine Unit.