With two commercial boats currently in construction alongside a refit project, aluminium workboat specialists Q-West Boat Builders in Wanganui have been recruiting new staff to ensure the successful completion of the increasing number of projects ahead.
Earlier this year, in May, the Q-West team completed the ‘Aniolam Express’, a Teknicraft-designed 13-metre foil-assisted passenger catamaran built for Newcrest Mining in Papua New Guinea. The Aniolam Express was the second vessel completed this year, the first being a 40.2-metre split-hopper barge for Auckland, also built over the 2012-2013 period.
Having recently signed the contract for a Camarc-designed 19.5-metre pilot vessel for the Port of Taranaki, Q-West Boat Builders are currently constructing a 15-metre landing barge designed by Pahia-based Coastdesign Naval Architects for Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands and a 14.8m Teknicraft Design foil-assisted patrol vessel for Australia’s Victoria State Police. At the same time, they’re carrying out a refit on Whale Watch’s ‘Aoraki’ and are close to signing another major contract.
Q-West’s general manager Colin Mitchell says: “The Port of Taranaki contract was won after completing exhaustive worldwide tender processes and will also involve Scotland’s Camarc Design. Port of Taranaki asked for a proven design and Camarc are one of the world’s most prolific pilot boat designers with 75 vessels currently in operation and about 15 in build right now.
“We are excited to have won both the Port Taranaki and Victoria Police contracts ahead of competition from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The Victoria Police vessel will be an exceptional patrol vessel on par with the ‘Lady Elizabeth IV’ and ‘Deodar III’; both New Zealand Police patrol vessels built at the Q-West facility.”
The Wanganui-based company has an extremely busy year ahead and has started increasing staff numbers to cope with the current and upcoming work.