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20/02/2024 03:00 PM

Port Authority of NSW has presented the beautiful large brass bell from the retired Ted Noffs Tug to its namesake’s family following almost 40 years of maritime service at Port Botany.  

Port Authority’s Chief Operating Officer, John Finch presented the bell to the grandson of Ted Noffs, Mr Matt Noffs, who is the CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation.

”Port Authority wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Noffs family for the privilege of naming this hard-working tug after Tedd Noffs all those decades ago,” Mr Finch said.

“Having an association with such an iconic individual such as Ted Noffs, who founded multiple drug and rehabilitation programs and charities for young people and whose legacy continues today, has always been a source of pride and inspiration to our people.

“After 38 years of loyal and hard-working service, the tug has been retired but not before we removed this beautiful brass bell to hand back to the Noffs’ family.

“In a demonstration of our own connection to the vessels and their story, Port Authority Shift Master David Rees generously polished the bell and crafted a beautiful handmade post for it to hang on, showing it off to best effect.”

Mr Matt Noffs, said the Ted Noffs Tug was a symbol of their own organisation, putting out fires in the lives of young people and making Sydney safer. 

“Its launch in 1987 was a proud day for our family. It was always an honour for us, and this bell will now stand proudly in one of our Street Universities and serve as a reminder for our staff and young people of that symbol of safety,” Mr Noffs said.

Port Authority’s new purpose-built multi-purpose vessel Girawaa has replaced the Ted Noffs in Botany to support safe and efficient shipping in the port for the decades to come.  

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