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Vessel Work's is New Zealand's premier offering for large vessel haul out and refit work. Featuring Hikinui, a 350 tonne and 11.5m wide mobile vessel hoist.
The Marine precinct is a purpose-built facility catering to commercial and recreational vessels for short and long term projects. Centred around the 6300 sqm hardstand are half a dozen marine companies that operate right on the harbour’s edge.
“At Vessel Works you have the freedom to choose which contractors to engage, and we do not charge any mark-up on their services provided on-site”, says director Dave Withington.
Many contractors are also based at Vessel Works providing everything you need – from heavy or light engineering to anti-foul and topside painting, water or garnet blasting, woodwork, fibreglass, metal fabrication and upholstery. If you’re after basic nuts and bolts or the
latest marine technology, you can also find it here.
“Access to highly acclaimed companies and crews, makes the precinct an attractive one stop shop for everyone from fishing fleets and workboats to superyachts and even waka”, says Withington.
Vessel Works was developed by Tauranga City Council and co-funded
by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council with a goal to develop a marine facility that fostered economic growth and created more jobs for the people of Bay of Plenty.
Not only have they created more jobs, but the flow on effect of attracting larger vessels and their crews has also benefited the tourism and hospitality industry too. “Besides the outstanding services of the precinct, we also promote the Bay of Plenty as a world class destination for crews too. There’s so much to see and do in the Bay, and it’s a great place for crews to take their break while their vessels are being worked on,’ explained Withington.
The precinct also includes facilities for fishing vessels for offloading of catch, loading of ice and fuel in addition to a commercial ferry ramp and wharf berthage for the resident and visiting fishing fleet. Futureproofing work continues to make sure the facility meets the current and future needs of the marine industry and city.
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