By the end of 2017 (stage 1 development), the Marine Precinct will include lots in a range of sizes for marine businesses, a 6300-square metre vessel storage area (hardstand), deep-water marina berths for large vessels and New Zealand’s largest vessel hoist / travel-lift (350 tonne haulage capacity and extra-wide). The development of the Marine Precinct will support and boost a marine sector already leading the way internationally in craftsmanship, composites and especially innovation.
Tauranga has the capacity to become a regional hub for marine activities, with world-class facilities and services. Having the largest capacity vessel hoist/travel-lift in New Zealand will bring unprecedented opportunities to the local marine industry. The central location of the precinct and its direct connection to the strategic transport network are an added bonus, making it the ideal spot for marine businesses large and small.
After a successful tender process, six marine businesses acquired lots in the Marine Precinct, signing sale and purchase agreements with the Council on 30 June 2016. The owners of lots within stage 1 development of the precinct are Hutcheson Boatbuilders (lots 9 &10), Pachoud Yachts (lot 5), Pacific 7 (lot 4), RMD Marine (lots 2 & 3), SMF Engineering (lot 12) and Super Yacht Coatings International (lot 7).
Together these businesses cover a wide spread of specialities, from fibre-glassing to marine engineering, vessel painting and timber decking to composite building, a specialised workboat fleet and a fishing fleet. This means increased potential for collaboration among precinct occupiers and with other marine businesses in the area. This is the first step in the Marine Precinct’s strategy of providing a one-stop-shop for customers getting their vessels serviced in Tauranga.
The future occupiers of the Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct:
Hutcheson Boatbuilders carry out a complete range of boat building work on both commercial and recreational vessels including new boat construction, general repairs and maintenance, vessel refits, fibre glassing, interior cabinetry, stainless steel work boat grooming and all manner of shipwright work.
They have successfully completed over 50 yachts building everything from power catamarans, motor launches to high performance carbon fibre racer-cruising yachts.
The company also carries out maintenance of vessel moorings in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Coromandel regions, and Pacific 7’s barges and digger are contracted for dredging and similar activities in these areas.
Pacific 7 is also resourced for emergency response duties and service and supply runs.
The company owns and operates six fishing vessels ranging from 15 to 26 metres in size, and will soon be launching a new build trawler which will create an exciting future for the family-owned company.
RMD Marine have been working with Aotearoa Fisheries since 1993, the largest Iwi-owned fisheries company. RMD currently fish 2,700 tonnes per year for Aotearoa Fisheries.
Their services cover fabrication, repairs and maintenance as well as the manufacture of a wider array of metal parts from highly polished rails and deck fittings, to exhaust systems and heat exchanges.
The company’s current focus is on superyachts and pleasure craft. Working in the precinct they plan to market their services and expertise offshore, nationwide and locally to a wide range of vessels from luxury super yachts to commercial fishing boats and ferries.
The site has historically had a number of marine businesses operating from it. All current tenants have expressed an interest in remaining on the site after its redevelopment.
Hutcheson Boatbuilders (1993) Ltd are situated on the waterfront in Tauranga between two marinas.
From minor repairs and maintenance, to complete refits, new builds in wood and fibreglass, teak decks, full gloss paints to touch-up paint, gelcoat repairs and osmosis repairs.
Western Work Boats are marine contractors providing offshore work boats, crew and services. Vessels are suitable for marine survey, research boats, patrol boats, hydrographic boats or seismic boats.
Offshore vessels carry towing surveys and marine cranes.