Auckland based marine consultant Phil Wardale has been appointed project manager for the Tauranga City Council project to create a purpose-built marine servicing facility and infrastructure in the rapidly growing coastal city. Mr Wardale has more than 20 years’ experience in the marine industry and will split his time between his consultancy work in Auckland and the Tauranga project. He was involved in the business case which was successful in gaining $5 million regional infrastructure funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for the project.
Mr Wardale said that he looking forward to assisting Tauranga City Council to advance this key economic development project.
“This project is looking to leverage the strong support from the two local authorities and the local marine community to create a unique facility in a strategic location. The marine precinct will become a centre of excellence for marine activity and provide long term employment and economic development opportunities,” he said.
Amongst the first tasks Mr Wardale will focus on is meeting with the existing tenants on the site along with other interested parties to secure their commitment to the precinct. Once this is confirmed a host of preliminary works will be completed prior to civil works commencing.
Another key component is the selection of the travel lift supplier. Mr Wardale confirmed that there was hope that the proposed travel lift procurement process could secure a machine larger than 200 tonnes based upon the supplier recognising the machine’s uniqueness within the New Zealand and South Pacific region.
“Settling on the travel lift capacity will allow the final detailed engineering design of the hardstand pavement to be completed, along with the dimensions of the inset travel lift bay”.
Mr Wardale also confirmed that the beam of the travel lift would be carefully considered so that wider catamaran vessels could be attracted to the precinct for their maintenance needs. He cited the continued delivery of fast ferries as a market that the precinct would be attractive to.
It is projected that stage one of the precinct could be open and ready for business ahead of summer 2016
For more information visit vesselworks.co.nz or call Phil Wardale on +64 9 360 9355.