Big lift

Ex­mouth’s shiny new ma­chine

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

An Ex­mouth busi­ness­man has used the in­stal­la­tion of one of the big­gest boat lifters in the coun­try to rub­bish the neg­a­tive press sur­round­ing in­vest­ment in the re­gion.

Base Ma­rine suc­cess­fully com­mis­sioned its 320-tonne boat lifter af­ter a four-month con­struc­tion pe­riod last week.

Base Ma­rine chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Tutty said the lift was proof of pri­vate in­vest­ment fol­low­ing pub­lic in­vest­ment into the re­gion.

“Ex­mouth is a very pro­gres­sive town that has re­ceived a mas­sive amount of Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing which has gone into bril­liant projects like the Nin­ga­loo cen­tre and the wharf up­grade,” he said.

“When we com­mis­sioned this thing, half the town was down at the ma­rina tak­ing photos and sup­port­ing us.

“That’s the real Ex­mouth, an ex­cit­ing bunch of pos­i­tive and tal­ented peo­ple, not the lit­tle guys that at­tempt to play pol­i­tics and try to cre­ate a scan­dal all the time.”

Mr Tutty said the project em­ployed more than 100 peo­ple, re­quired about 20,000-man hours and was com­pleted with­out in­ci­dent. To test the lim­its of the lift, Bhag­wan Ma­rine sent two ves­sels down from Dampier last week.

Bhag­wan Ma­rine su­per­in­ten­dent Peter Carmichael said in­creas­ing ma­rine sup­port ca­pa­bil­i­ties pro­vided a boost for small com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal busi­ness.

“Once you start bring­ing these big­ger boats to Ex­mouth they will need more and more engi­neer­ing de­part­ments, they will need welders, boil­er­mak­ers, spe­cialised con­trac­tors,” he said.

“It will cre­ate a lot of work for lo­cals and sup­port the com­mu­ni­ties they are in.

“Bhag­wan has been op­er­at­ing in Ex­mouth for the past 19 years and is al­ways happy to as­sist other lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Mr Carmichael said the new boat lift in Ex­mouth and ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Dampier meant the North West was well-placed to ben­e­fit from the ex­pand­ing off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try. Mr Tutty said he was grate­ful for Bhag­wan’s sup­port dur­ing com­mis­sion­ing.

Base Ma­rine's 320-tonne boat lifter lifts a Bhag­wan Ma­rine ves­sel in Ex­mouth.

Pic­ture: Base Ma­rine.

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