Spring Arrives at Port Whangarei Marine Centre
The Southern Hemisphere Spring has arrived heralding the start of the Summer season at Port Whangarei Marine Centre (PWMC) in New Zealand. The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with the marine industry and its clients worldwide. Amongst it all New Zealand is an oasis of near normality with the PWMC operating as normal with a full team ready to accept clients. Domestically the economy and marine activity has bounced back surprisingly quickly and it’s looking good for Summer. There is a process for refit projects to enter New Zealand and get hauled out at the shipyard and it is hoped that a procedure will be devised for vessel entry generally before the Pacific Cyclone season starts in November.
In the meantime it has been business as usual at the PWMC with both recreational and commercial projects completed. The yard has also been a haven for foreign yachts who have adopted New Zealand as a ‘port of refuge’ or put their vessels into long term storage until the pandemic runs its course.