Home' Ausmarine : October 2014 Contents Harwood Marine, a thoroughly established builder, re-fitter and
repairer in aluminium and steel, got its start in building and
maintaining the steel barges that carried sugar cane down the
Clarence River in New South Wales.
For many years, Harwood's key role was support services for the
ships supplying Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. This
necessitated a slipway with an exceptional capacity of 2,500 tonnes --
a facility that still remains a great asset. There are few Australian-
owned vessels Harwood is not capable of slipping for maintenance
and the spread of expertise in its workforce means the minimising of
delays that can occur with a more extensive use of contractors.
Harwood Marine prides itself on the completeness of its
services from initial concept right through to sea trials (with
design, fabrication, engineering, electrical, fit-out and coatings in
between). The recent refit of Stradbroke Ferries' 68-metre
'Minjerribah' is an excellent example of Harwood's integration
and expertise. After 30-odd years running between the mainland
and Stradbroke, she was in need of a major refit, which Harwood
completed within a tight two-month timetable.
Though the company has a distinguished record of ship and boat
building and repair, but also thinks of itself as a worker in steel and
aluminium and in engineering. Managing Director Ross Roberts looks
forward to opportunities arising out of the local reconstruction of the
Pacific Highway, including a 1.3-kilometre bridge over the Clarence
River. For this project, Mr Roberts forecasts a need for specially
equipped barges, as well as the adaptation of others.
Harwood, unlike most other waterfront manufacturers, has
abundant room available in which to expand. 80 hectares of
undeveloped land are immediately adjacent to the shipyard and there
is another 1.2 kilometres of waterfront available.
Alongside this healthily diversified attitude and room for
expansion, Harwood's history has largely been one of success in a
highly competitive marine industry. Harwood builds not only in
steel or aluminium, but also in a combination of other materials.
Mixed construction is a speciality, with the builder recently
completing a 47-metre Ro-Pax ferry with the entire superstructure
decked out in aluminium.
Harwood Marine has earned solid client loyalty with a high
degree of repeat business. One example of such a client is diverse
Brisbane marine services provider Marine Diesel Traders (MDT).
Harwood has s upplied MDT with multi-cats, truckable barges,
anchor pendants and four aluminium line boats, as well as a rare
new build in Australia: a tug. MDT chose them to build their new
compact harbour tug 'Baringa' for the activities of pushing, towing
and shuttling stores and crew.
Finally, a giant step in Harwood's journey in diversification is its
interest in hull drag reduction via air lubrication. This technology,
which was developed in Japan and tested on the likes of small cargo
vessels with great success, can accrue fuel savings of up to 10 per cent.
Figures like this are of crucial interest to owners of large vessels, with
Danish giant AP Moller-Maersk carrying out full-scale tests in recent
years and continuing to evaluate this green technology. Harwood
Marine has been involved in a collaborative agreement with the
technology's creators from its early stages and is the Australian agent
for the system.
For further information contact:
Harwood Marine, New South Wales.
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32 October 2014 AUSMARINE
By MIKE BROWN
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