Tthe country’s North island offers world class superyacht refit opportunities against the backdrop of a stunning landscape

Claire Young reports

Oceania Marine

Maximum length: 60m (197ft)

Maximum lift: 800t

Minimum lift: 70t

Lying at the entrance to Whangarei Harbour, Oceania Marine has a proud 50-year history of carrying out refit, new-build and repair work — which has evolved over the last 10-years into a specialism in superyachts.

The yard is noted for its application and maintenance of protective coatings, including external and internal brightwork, and, to cope with the increasing size and technical complexity of paint projects, it recently set up a new wholly owned subsidiary, Oceania Marine Coatings Ltd.

“We are focused on promoting the extensive facilities and expertise available here to the superyacht industry, with the aim of establishing Oceania Marine as the destination of choice within Australasia for refit and construction,” explains managing director, Martin Gleeson.


Yachting Developments

Maximum length: 60m (197ft)

Number of clients: 68

Established 20 years ago, Yachting Developments builds composite yachts, and provides an on-site refit and repair service for superyachts and historic vessels up to 60m.

Following an extensive 18-month refit, at its Hobsonville facility in Auckland, the yard launched the 40m (131ft) J Class yacht Endeavour in October last year.

Yachting Developments has an

in-house team of skilled workers across all trades, and maximizes the benefits of using composite, fibreglass, Eglass, Kevlar, Sglass, carbon and hybrid fibres.

Care is taken in selecting the best composite materials to fit a vessel’s design, weight, construction type, cost, and end use service requirements. Custom-made composite parts for third party use are also manufactured on-site.


Holton Marine

Maximum length: 56m (184ft)

Maximum lift: 600t

Employees: 150

Founded in 1996, Holton Marine is the exclusive contractor for repair work at Orams Marine Village in Auckland. Operating with a core team of specialists, including designers, fabricators, welders, machinists and hydraulic engineers, Holton can have as many as 150 staff working on one refit, with multiple refits often happening at the same time.

Holton can also work on yachts at Westhaven Marina, Viaduct Basin and the Ports of Auckland wharves, and has access arrangements with all Auckland slipways and dry-docks.

The Orams Services slipway can take 600t and 56m superyachts, and the travel lift can accommodate 65t. Past superyacht refits included 55m (180ft) Shenandoah, 49m (161ft) Thalia, and 47m (154ft) Andromeda la Dea.


Integrated Marine Group 

Maximum length: 90m (295ft)

Maximum lift: 1,500t

Employees/contractors: 160

Located in the heart of Auckland, Integrated Marine Group (IMG) specialises in superyacht refits, and can accommodate three 90m superyachts at its wet berths and one 70m (230ft) on its slipway.

Refit offerings range from routine repair and maintenance to complex refits. Core services include engineering, woodwork and yacht painting. IMG also provides shipyards with a New Build Vessel Warranty repair support service. The most recently completed project was 60m (197ft) Elandess.

“Yachts are objects of rare beauty that inspire a unique passion in their owners. When your refit team shares that passion, the results will speak for themselves,” says managing director, Mark Wightman.


Babcock (NZ) Ltd

Maximum length: 170m (558ft)

Maximum lift: 136t

Average refits per year: 25

Operating New Zealand’s largest marine engineering and maintenance support facility, Babcock (NZ) Ltd is located in Devonport, Auckland, a site which is also home to the Royal New Zealand Navy. Up to 25 dry-dockings, plus in-water repair projects are completed each year, with the range of vessels including superyachts and navy warships.

The yard’s Calliope dry dock, equipped with a 40t traveling crane and skyjack traveling painting booms, can accommodate vessels up to 170m, with a beam of 23m (75ft).

In-water repair berths allow efficient access for Babcock’s comprehensive range of mechanical, electrical and fabrication trades, as well as an in-house design office and Telarc approved calibration workshop.

Prior to November 2011 the company was known as Babcock Fitzroy Ltd.

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