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2021 September October Marina World

The magazine for the marina industry


WORLD NEWS 62 YEARS OF MARINA INNOVATION. First stage completes at Orams NEW ZEALAND: The first stage of the extensive development at Orams Marine is complete, marking the culmination of a project that’s been years in the making. Orams Marine CEO, Neven Barbour, welcomed and thanked stakeholders at a special event in early July. “The location here is unique and you can see the investment that’s gone into it,” he said. “What has been created here will serve the industry well into the future.” The first stage of development has encompassed extensive dredging and construction works before the installation of a 1.2ha (3 acre) hardstand, three 90m (295ft) marina piers, a new 820 Marine Travelift, as well as a new 85 tonne Marine Travelift, and industry-leading water treatment plant. David Rankin, chief executive of Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland, told the assembled crowd the development was a crucial component in the wider vision for Auckland’s waterfront. “The project we’re celebrating this evening is a good illustration of one of the core strategies we’ve been pursuing on the waterfront, which is that we wanted to retain in Auckland a genuine, authentic working waterfront character. Right back when the original planning was done by Auckland Council, we’ve always been clear that special and focused effort would be made to preserve, and strengthen over time, the marine business component of the waterfront,” he said. “There has been a very significant investment by Orams in this site. It’s great to finally see a big travel lift. I’ve been reading about, and seeing, lots of overseas examples, and then to walk up and see just how big it is. Also knowing the terrific space that piece of equipment puts you in for getting not only the most domestic business available, but also critically for the country overall as it pitches you very competitively for the international superyacht market,” he continued. Peter Busfield, CEO of the New Zealand Marine Industry Association, said the association has confidence for the future. “New figures from The Superyacht Report say that, with the number of superyachts now in construction, from 2022 there will be in excess of 6,000 superyachts over 30m [98ft] in length; and likely to be around 8,000 by 2030. This provides a huge opportunity for Orams Marine and Auckland to try and capture some of that market,” he ventured. A shed, sized to give the 85 tonne Marine Travelift drive-in access, is now being built for covered work. The next stage of development will see extensive commercial buildings completed in the latter part of 2022, with residential development to follow. – September/October 2021 9 THE #1 #1 MARINA BUILDER. EXPERT EXPERT DOCK DOCK BUILDER BUILDER AND AND MARINE MARINE CONTRACTOR CONTRACTOR 800-733-5679 800-733-5679

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