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Yard 37 approval a key step

Yard 37 approval a key step in increase for marine industry infrastructure

NZ Marine has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Yard 37, the new Marine Industry Precinct (MIP) at Hobsonville Point, has received support from Auckland Council.

NZ Marine executive director, Peter Busfield says the Yard 37 proposal includes the type of facilities that exported-focussed companies such as superyacht manufacturers and refit specialists require in order to continue to compete internationally.

“It is very clear that New Zealand built and refurbished superyachts are held in very high regard around the world.

“Not only do New Zealand built superyachts regularly win the world’s most prestigious international superyacht awards, those who buy our superyachts often come from countries in Europe or North America that also have strong superyacht industries.

“However, in order to continue to compete at the very highest level, we do need infrastructure that enables us to build, launch and commission these very sophisticated vessels.

“The proposed facilities at Yard 37, together and suitable facilities that we are seeking in Wynyard Quarter, would enable us to do that.”

Peter Busfield says the new facilities at Hobsonville will also allow local companies to build even larger superyachts that is currently possible.

“Some of these could each be worth well over $100 million to the local and New Zealand economies,” he says.

“They will also provide well-paid employment for local trades people and allow marine businesses to offer skilled apprenticeships to significant numbers of young men and women and school leavers.”


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