Home' Ausmarine : March 2011 Contents The New Zealand Ship and Workboat Group (NZSWB)
represents over 200 companies within the New Zealand marine
industry with a current turnover approaching NZ$450 million
($337 million) per annum and employing 2,750 personnel.
The sector's prime work focus includes new vessel design and the
construction of commercial vessels such as police and customs boats,
research vessels, rescue craft for coastguards, tugs, ferries, fishing
boats, pilot vessels, tourist craft, offshore support boats and barges.
They are also heavily involved with vessel refit, maintenance, repair
and service plus the supply of marine equipment.
NZSWB chairman Tony Whiting says the skills required for
commercial vessels vary significantly from those required for
pleasure craft. Service work may include sandblasting, heavy
hydraulics work on cranes and dredgers, and specialist
engineering. There is a constant awareness that stand-down time
represents lost earnings.
"It is often necessary to work around the clock to get the boat
back to work quickly and that is one of the skills we are good at."
NZSWB member companies operate independently, but the
NZSWB umbrella presents their collective skills, coordinated by the
New Zealand Marine Industry Association as a formidable,
one-stop-shop for commercial vessel projects.
Whiting adds: "By working together, the companies under the
Group are far more effective in targeting the domestic and
NZSWB companies also work closely with the Maritime Transport
Association (MTA), and has increased its marketing to offshore
governments and commercial operators, while further promoting its
profile at international events and boat shows. Whiting says: "In
spite of the current economic conditions being far from ideal, many
member companies are busy and have good forward orders, either
for customers requiring newbuilds, general service work or those
opting to refit their boats rather than replace them.
Following the global economic downturn, Peter Busfield,
Executive Director of the NZ Marine Industry Association, believes
the current conditions, although showing a slight improvement,
will prevail and expects the market to improve during the year
ahead. "Our reputable "New Zealand" brand for boats, marine
products and services assisted many of our member companies to
return satisfactory business results during the last 12 months. In
addition companies employing 'Marine Lean manufacturing
principles' has strengthened our industry's competitiveness. As a
result, the industry strategic forecasts for Ship and Work Boat
turnover through to 2020 remain the same," said Busfield.
He also commented on "future proofing" through the industry
training scheme, which currently has over 600 apprentices. "The
growth in these numbers is a credit to the 150 companies including
our Ship and Work Boat Group who continue to employ and up-skill
young people within the New Zealand Marine Industry".
For further information contact:
New Zealand Ship and Workboat Group, New Zealand.
FOCUS ON NEW ZEALAND
A HamiltonJet HT1000 waterjet. One prominent member of the NZSWB
Group is HamiltonJet which has recently reported strong orders for its waterjets
March 2011 AUSMARINE
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New Zealand Ship and Workboat Group looks ahead in 2011
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