Our new build industry was dealt a stroke of good luck in the first week of April, when McMullen & Wing were able to announce a contract had been signed to complete their 50-metre project.
The steel and aluminium expedition superyacht will be built under the yard number 1016 for an owner won over
by McMullen & Wing’s impressive pedigree. Following on from the hugely- successful 45-metre Big Fish, which collected accolades a-plenty following its launch in 2010 and subsequent world cruising and charter record, Project 1016 will build on Big Fish’s technical and aesthetic success.
The contract presents welcome security for McMullen & Wing’s core team of employees, many of who have been with the company for 20, or 30 years. It’s also great news for NZ Marine Industry Training organisation apprentices. McMullen & Wing’s Michael Eaglen says the company is actively recruiting for significant numbers of staff in design, planning, management and trade departments, from skilled experts in their field, to apprentices who will become New Zealand’s future quality workforce.
“We have trained a large number of our staff through the apprentice programme over many years – at least two thirds have come through
an apprenticeship-based trade qualification process – but at this moment we don’t have any apprentices on the team. This project will enable us to become more active in staff training again and we expect to take on about 15 apprentices across the board: in fabrication, engineering, electrical, joinery, interior fit out and exterior fit out,” says Eaglen.
We believe strongly in the value of trade training and the appropriateness of the apprenticeship programme for the yacht building industry. We are very proud of the marine industry training organisation and looking forward to investing in the next generation of world-class New Zealand boat builders. There is no other apprentice training programme in New Zealand or around the world which rivals the marine industry training organisation for direct relevance to our business,” Eaglen continues.
Chris van der Hor, general manager of the NZ Marine Industry Training Organisation, is equally as pleased about the opportunity it presents to those starting their careers in the industry.
“The NZ Marine Industry Training Organisation is delighted to see one of our international award-winning superyacht builders gearing up their future skill base through our renowned apprenticeship training programme.
“One only needs to see the quality of superyachts to realise that it takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to produce them, which doesn’t happen overnight. We’re very proud of our close working relationships with industry which have produced some 1,500 highly-skilled graduates to date, and those partnerships will continue to ensure our training programmes remain relevant now and in the future,” says van der Hor.
The yacht will be delivered in early 2016 and her design, built with the assistance of a spread of talented craftsmen, will allow the owners an extended cruising range and beautiful outdoor living spaces, with large hot tubs on both fore and sun deck, and natural gardens on the bridge deck. www.mcmullenandwing.com