First Haulout Heralds Big Future for Port Whangarei Marine Centre
Today saw the first haulout at Oceania Marine’s Port Whangarei Marine Centre located at South Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand. The new 100 tonne Cimolai MBH100 travel lift executed it’s first lift flawlessly and now faces a full schedule as the new boatyard swings into top gear. The day started with a dawn blessing performed by New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people to ensure a safe and prosperous future for operations at the yard. A formal ‘Ribbon Cutting’ ceremony will follow on 4th December 2015 at 13:50.
General Manager, Brad Hall, is to be congratulated on his successful oversight of the project and the opening of New Zealand’s largest Marine Centre. The extensive sealed hardstand, refit shed space and client facilities forms a very attractive package for a wide range of clients including all manner of sail and motor yachts up to 100 tonnes. The 10 metre beam capacity of the travel lift combined with spacious hardstand is particularly suitable for catamarans and multihulls.
This completes Stage 1 of the PWMC development and Oceania Marine now looks forward to Stage 2 which involves the installation of a larger travel lift dock with a capacity of 560 tonnes. A Cimolai MBH560 is in the final stages of design. The plan is to order this new machine and complete the civil works in time for it to be operational for the 2016 season.