Big Engine Group
The chairman of the Big Engine Group, Wayne Patten, tells us that most members of his sector are reporting steady work loads and a marked improvement on this time last year.
Under a new initiative, meetings are now held in conjunction with Ship and Workboat Group meetings so that members in both groups don’t have to double up on travel to meet with their sectors. The Big Engine Group’s market statistics website is proving a great success with Dima Ivanov constantly refining the functionality to better suit member needs. The system has proved so successful, it has been introduced to the Australian diesel engine market place.
Most members of the group will be in attendance at the Auckland On Water Boat Show and, with sites already allocated, are looking forward to a repeat of last year’s productive show.
NZ Marine Export Group
NZ Marine Export group chairman Stuart Robinson says the Export Group’s channels to market seminars are going well, with a seminar by expat superyacht designer, Ron Holland, held in March and a discussion by e-commerce expert Paul Grey held in April. Both were well-received, with over 20 companies present to hear Holland’s words of wisdom, and attendees jotting notes on Grey’s tips to supersize their market share (read them for yourself on p29).
The NZ Marine Export group has engaged the Superyacht Agency to design, publish and distribute a directory of New Zealand superyacht services, suppliers and builders, promoting New Zealand marine excellence to the international superyacht industry. Crucially, the magazine will be distributed alongside The Superyacht Report, capitalising on its established channels which reach industry leaders and decision-makers.
Planning for international boat show season is in full swing, with delegations preparing to set off for the Monaco Yacht Show, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and METS. Exhibitors will have the full support of the NZ Marine Export Group, as well as being supported under the Destination New Zealand promotion at MYS and FLIBS.
With the Destination New Zealand initiative in full swing and New Zealand Millennium Cup on the horizon, both pushing our international reputation further into the right circles, the Marine Export Group is looking forward to the year ahead.
Ship and Workboat Group
The Ship and Work Boat Group has been hard at work on behalf of its members, investigating procurement opportunities and strategy for tenders. Dave Hopkins reports the group has had much success attending an NZTE- arranged seminar aimed at helping companies take the best stance when approaching New Zealand Defence Force tenders.
Hopkins says the Ship & Work Boat e-Directory has proved very successful and is now the major marketing tool for the NZ Marine Work Boat sector, with a marketing strategy to further increase distribution, planned.
Whangarei has been keeping busy, with the launch of the new SeaLink Ferry and other new builds, while at Shipco 360, IMG have taken over the land and buildings, including a 120-metre slipway, where it’s expected the company will be involved in a range of ship work.
Marina Operators Association
David Hollingsworth recently reported back to the board on happenings within the Marina Operators Association, with news of new developments, an engaged membership and plenty to discuss.
Issues of importance to the association of 43 marinas and 26 associates, include concerns with complying with new health and safety legislation due to be implemented, revision of qualifications pertinent to the industry, preparations which are underway to meet new antifoul paint regulations and managing the age of facilities.
A key point of focus for the Marina Operators Association is to turn attention to greater international marketing efforts, and the MOA has agreed to mount a bid to host an international conference in Auckland.
New facilities under development include Sandspit, Tairua, Waiheke, Port Opua, the Tauranga Marine Hub, with a number of other building projects underway to house commercial tenancies across Half Moon Bay, Seaview Marina, Waterfront Auckland, Whitianga Marina and Bayswater.
The Marina Operators Association will hold its AGM and annual conference in Taupo, in September.
A solid refit period over summer saw the year get off to a good start with yachts including 91-metre M/Y Nahlin, 119-metre M/Y A and others choosing to haul out and refit here. With New Zealand quality, workmanship and reputation remaining high, the refit sector has continued to give a strong showing, offsetting the high dollar with a deliverance of reliability that still proves appealing to yacht owners, managers and captains.
Yachting Developments’ exceptional refit abilities have come to the fore with a skilled refit of Swan 90, Spirit, and Orams Marine not only took good care of Nahlin during her time here, but has also had eight other large yachts in for work.
One of the key activities performed by the Refit Group in the first part of this year has been to conduct exit surveys of visiting yachts. Management, captains and crew have almost universally been pleased with their New Zealand experiences, including work undertaken here, friendliness of everyone from customs officials to service providers, and access to code-compliant refit yards. One of the most interesting statistics we’ve seen of late, is that which says while 14% of cruising yachts come here with the intention to refit, 57% end up undertaking work while here. A ringing recommendation of the quality of work available on our shores.