Integrated Marine Group (IMG) in New Zealand capped off 2015 with work on a 140m Fincantieri yacht – the largest vessel to visit the island nation the past season. The 60m charter yacht 'Senses' also stopped at IMG’s facilitites for an extensive refit which extended into 2016, and so did a 91m Oceanco yacht.

140-metre Fincantieri yacht in Auckland

‘Ocean Victory’, a 140m yacht built by Fincantieri, is the largest vessel to visit New Zealand for service

Integrated Marine Group (IMG) in New Zealand, has reported a record refit season, with more and larger yachts coming to the island country for assistance.

The team capped off 2015 with work on the 140m yacht Ocean Victory. Built by Fincantieri and delivered to her owner in 2014, the superyacht is the largest vessel to visit New Zealand the past season. The 60m charter yacht Senses also stopped at IMG’s facilitites in Auckland for an extensive refit which extended into 2016, and so did a 91m yacht built by Oceanco.

Commenting on the latest refit works, IMG managing director Mark Wightman says: “Yacht refit size has been trending up. We have to be ready collectively as an industry to cope with the challenges of larger vessels, different code compliance requirements and their more complex maintenance requirements; often working to a tight timeframe with no margin for error.”

Superyacht Senses in Auckland

‘Senses’ as seen in Auckland with a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge

In addition, the IMG team has seen repeat yachts coming for service. These include the 73m Dragonfly and the 33m Claassen Classic Shamoun.

Dragonfly is an extremely busy yacht which operates without the limitations of seasons and schedule, of course this brings much freedom to the owner and a high expectation of readiness upon the crew,” says Dragonfly captain Mike Gregory.

“In order to achieve this constant readiness, we need expert assistance when released for maintenance periods in order to remain on time and budget. IMG have assisted us multiple times now and have always met our high expectations, often exceeded them.”

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Sailing yacht 'Shamoun' in New Zealand

Sailing yacht ‘Shamoun’ at the New Zealand Millennium Cup in January 2016

The company performed all works at its central Auckland base, in the heart of the city. The location has proven very popular with crew, the company claims.

“This season has been one of our most challenging in terms of vessel size and refit complexity, but also the most enjoyable,” says IMG refit manager Dave Low. “As our relationship and trust with our clients grows we are beginning to see more of them make their refit base here in the Pacific,” he adds.

IMG’s refit and project management branch works with Vigo-based Atollvic Shipyard. The company teamed up with the Spanish yard in 2012 to provide yachts with continuous care as they cruise between the Pacific and Mediterranean.

IMG covers both the operational and maintenance needs of yachts. The shore support arm of IMG provides assistance in operational requirements and highly-specialised repair needs, complemented by crew liaison and appointment, provisioning, itinerary support and guest services.