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Barges & Lighters – Wallaby-Class / Wattle-Class Ships

Known for their robust construction, Wallaby-Class Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighters (SPWFL) and Wattle-Class crane stores lighter vessel’s primary function was to transport fuel, water, sullage, ammunition and other goods between larger vessels and the shore, also assisting in controlling oil spills and towing when required.

These lighters offer civilian commercial functions, including passenger and goods ferrying, towing and coastal clean-up operations.

Barges & Lighters – Wallaby-Class / Wattle-Class Ships

Known for their robust construction, Wallaby-Class Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighters (SPWFL) and Wattle-Class crane stores lighter vessel’s primary function was to transport fuel, water, sullage, ammunition and other goods between larger vessels and the shore, also assisting in controlling oil spills and towing when required. These lighters offer civilian commercial functions, including passenger and goods ferrying, towing and coastal clean-up operations.

These are tough-as-nails, go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles.

The 4BD1 Isuzu engine is known as unstoppable, with a generously usable torque curve, boasting increased payload and a galvanised chassis with rollover protection. Land Rover parts are to come by making maintenance and service simple.

These tough and reliable vehicles can be kept original or modified your way, from beach buggy to dessert dweller, urban vehicle and everything in between.

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BARGE & LIGHTER VARIANTS

Explore the range of Australian Ex-Military Barges & Lighters made available through our auctions & EOI

  • Name: Wallaby (8002)
  • Class: Wallaby-Class
  • Type: Lighter – Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighter
  • Builder: Williamstown Dockyard
  • Laid Down: 1978
  • Launched: 1983
  • Home Port: Sydney
  • Type: Lighter
  • Max Displacement: 1.100 tonne
  • Length: 39.25 m
  • Beam: 11. m
  • Draught: 4.8 m
  • Speed: 6.0 knots
  • Additional Features:  Diesel Fuel & Desalinated Water Transport Ship
  • Name: Warrigal (8001)
  • Class: Wallaby-Class
  • Type: Lighter – Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighter
  • Builder: Williamstown Dockyard
  • Laid Down: 1982
  • Launched: 1984
  • Home Port: Darwin
  • Type: Lighter
  • Max Displacement: 1.100 tonne
  • Length: 39.25 m
  • Beam: 11. m
  • Draught: 4.8 m
  • Speed: 6.0 knots
  • Additional Features:  Diesel Fuel & Desalinated Water Transport Ship
  • Name: Wyulda (8004)
  • Class: Wallaby-Class
  • Type: Lighter – Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighter
  • Builder: Williamstown Dockyard
  • Laid Down: 1982
  • Launched: 1984
  • Home Port: HMAS Stirling
  • Max Displacement: 1.100 tonne
  • Length: 39.25 m
  • Beam: 11. m
  • Draught: 4.8 m
  • Speed: 6.0 knots
  • Additional Features:  Diesel Fuel & Desalinated Water Transport Ship
  • Name: Telopea
  • Class: Wattle-Class
  • Type: Crane Stores Lighter
  • Builder: Cockatoo Island Dockyard
  • Built: 1972
  • Identification:
  • Displacement: 147 tonne
  • Length: 24.22 m (79 ft 6 in)
  • Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Draught: 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
  • Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)

BARGE & LIGHTER VARIANTS

Explore the range of Australian Ex-Military Barges & Lighters made available through our auctions & EOI.

SPWFL WALLABY
  • Name: Wallaby (8002)
  • Class: Wallaby-Class
  • Type: Lighter – Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighter
  • Builder: Williamstown Dockyard
  • Laid Down: 1978
  • Launched: 1983
  • Home Port: Sydney
  • Type: Lighter
  • Max Displacement: 1.100 tonne
  • Length: 39.25 m
  • Beam: 11. m
  • Draught: 4.8 m
  • Speed: 6.0 knots
  • Additional Features:  Diesel Fuel & Desalinated Water Transport Ship
SPWFL WARRIGAL
  • Name: Warrigal (8001)
  • Class: Wallaby-Class
  • Type: Lighter – Self Propelled Water & Fuel Lighter
  • Builder: Williamstown Dockyard
  • Laid Down: 1982
  • Launched: 1984
  • Home Port: Darwin
  • Type: Lighter
  • Max Displacement: 1.100 tonne
  • Length: 39.25 m
  • Beam: 11. m
  • Draught: 4.8 m
  • Speed: 6.0 knots
  • Additional Features:  Diesel Fuel & Desalinated Water Transport Ship
SPWFL WYULDA
  • Name: Telopea
  • Class: Wattle-Class
  • Type: Crane Stores Lighter
  • Builder: Cockatoo Island Dockyard
  • Built: 1972
  • Identification:
  • Displacement: 147 tonne
  • Length: 24.22 m (79 ft 6 in)
  • Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Draught: 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
  • Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
TELOPEA
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: UL1700L 4×4
  • Engine: OM 353.939 (OM 352a) 5.7 Ltr Turbo Diesel
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Manual (8 gears forward, 8 reverse)
  • Ignition: Fixed Key
  • Steering: Power Steering
  • Max Speed: 90 km/h
  • Max Loading: 12,000 kg
  • Seats: 3
  • Additional Features: Hiab Palfinger Crane, Stabiliser Control Levers, Dropsides, Tailgate, Fold Down Rear Seats, Canopy, Roof Hatch, Bull Bar, Tool Box, Air Vents, Pintle Hitch, Jerry Can Holders, Spare Wheel

IN-SERVICE GALLERY

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HOW TO BUY

All our genuine Australian Ex-Military items are sold via online auction. Auctions are held roughly once a month at various locations around Australia. 

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