PRESS RELEASE 26 February 2013
Landmark Auckland shipyard McMullen and Wing has been awarded the contract to design and build a brand new oil recovery vessel for Auckland.
The vessel, to be operated by the Auckland Council Harbour Master, will be a cornerstone in protecting Auckland’s harbour and coastline from oil spills.
Although Auckland has not suffered a spill on the scale of that resulting from the sinking of the Rena off Tauranga last year, that event showed that maritime environmental disasters can happen without warning and with potentially devastating consequences. This new vessel will enable Auckland Council Harbour Master to respond quickly to any such incident.
Oil spills are rare events, but the new vessel will not lie idle awaiting a crisis. Designed as a true multi-purpose asset, the new vessel will be a busy workhorse in the day-to-day running of the harbour. With the ability to carry on-road and off-road vehicles to Hauraki Gulf islands, service buoys and markers, support dive teams and countless other tasks involved in the operation of a busy harbour.
The new vessel will be capable of being transported by road, ensuring its value to operations on both Waitemata and Manukau harbours, as well as potentially offering support to neighbouring regions in times of need.
McMullen & Wing Managing Director David Porter says, “McMullen & Wing is an Auckland company. Our staff are Aucklanders and we enjoy Auckland’s clean waters and beautiful coastline in our personal lives. We understand the importance of this project to all who live and work in the Auckland region and are proud to be able to continue to apply our skills and experience to serve our community in this way.”
McMullen & Wing is one of New Zealand’s longest standing and most renowned shipyards. Although best known as one of the world’s leading builders of custom luxury superyachts up to 50m in length, they have also built a wide range of vessels, from ferries, police, fishing and workboats to America’s Cup and round the world racing yachts.
McMullen & Wing Commercial Manager Michael Eaglen says, “Although McMullen & Wing is most publically known internationally for our luxury yachts, our on-going involvement in commercial vessels is very important to our business. Maintaining our long held links with the local maritime industry keeps us grounded in the solid reliable engineering on which our reputation is based. Our ability to build practical cost-effective vessels for the workboat market keeps us fitter and leaner in our execution of our larger multi-million dollar luxury export vessels. Equally our exposure to the demands of a highly discerning international market sharpens our focus on strong customer relations and contractual performance which improves our service of our workboat customers.”
The vessel will be completed in June this year.
Contact: Michael Eaglen, Commercial Manager
ph +64 9 573 1405 cell +64 27 275 4467