TV Bluefin is a purpose built fisheries training vessel. Built by Tamar Steel Boats Pty Ltd, she was launched in June 1981, and commenced operations at the College in August 1981. Bluefin is capable of carrying out stern trawling, both bottom and mid-water, purse seining and prawn trawling. She is also able to demonstrate other fishing methods.
Bluefin has been chartered by a diverse range of maritime companies and has been used extensively by the offshore industry for underwater pipeline work and hydrographic surveying. She has also been used by charterers for such diverse work as:
- Rescuing stranded Antarctic scientists from Macquarie Island
- Minesweeping trials for the Royal Australian Navy
- Survey work for undersea cables in Bass Strait
Enquiries relating to charter work may be directed to the Chief Executive Officer.