Prior to the opening of Vessel Works in 2018 the local marine industry had lost key marine facilities, and the facilities had not kept pace with other marine hubs around NZ. Tauranga’s future growth and prosperity depended on attracting and retaining skilled, knowledgeable people and helping them create and develop productive, high-value businesses in the region. The opening of Vessel Works has provided the key infrastructure required by the local marine sector already leading the way internationally in craftsmanship, composites and especially innovation. The heavy lift infrastructure at Vessel Works is seen by the marine sector as the key to stimulating the local marine industry.
The Marine Precinct provides a base for a cluster of boat building and refit businesses and associated marine services. It has unlocked the potential to cater for commercial and recreational vessels and international vessels.
The 3.4 hectare site has been master planned with future expansion in mind if demand requires the additional hardstanding space. The existing stage one hardstand can be expanded to the north to provide additional hardstanding for another four 40m vessels, which adds to the seven existing vessels spaces. The plan below provides an indication of the expansion options.
As part of the hardstand expansion additional land development Lots can be connected to the hardstand with a variety of Lot sizes available in future stages. In the interim land areas are available for short to medium term leasing.
Any future expansion of Vessel Works will likely include a number of features such as a dedicated blasting bay and consideration will be given for keel pits to be integrated into any additional hardstanding pavement.
Vessel Works will consider requests from the marine industry. To date Vessel Works has requests for:
- Additional ablution facilities on the site
- A dedicated area for visitor car parking
- Areas for crew socialising and crew office space
Vessel works will continue to refine its offering including upgrading the supply of high amperage electrical services as required by certain vessels.