Fa­cil­ity is of­fer­ing a safe haven for thou­sands

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Rear View -

LO­CATED just 40 min­utes from Bris­bane on the Coomera River at the en­trance to the Gold Coast Marine Precinct Queens­land, GCMC is an ex­ten­sive pri­vately Aus­tralian owned and op­er­ated marine fa­cil­ity.

The Gold Coast Marine Cen­tre ( GCMC) was es­tab­lished in 2002 to ser­vice the 28,400 ves­sels cur­rently reg­is­tered and lo­cated in the area,’’ says GCMC’s gen­eral man­ager Mr Colin Speairs.

GCMC cov­ers some 23 acres while of­fer­ing boat own­ers an ex­cel­lent choice when it comes to com­pre­hen­sive ves­sel main­te­nance and re­pair re­quire­ments, re­ceiv­ing ves­sels from all over Aus­tralia as well as from over­seas.

Over re­cent years, the length, op­u­lence and value of ves­sels has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally within the re­gion, with new ves­sel reg­is­tra- tions run­ning Speairs.

Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 70- tonne ca­pac­ity boat lift that caters for ves­sels with a beam up to 20ft, spe­cialised Multi- Hull hy­draulic trail­ers which en­able the safe haul out of side beam cata­ma­rans and house­boats.

‘‘ The open hard­stand and wash down bays oc­cupy some 17,000 square me­tres of ser­vice area, with all hard­stand ar­eas ser­viced by power ( in­clud­ing three phase) and wa­ter,’’ says Mr Speairs.

En­closed re­fit bays 22m in length by 12m wide with a height of 10m are also of­fered to cus­tomers, al­low­ing re­fit work to be car­ried out in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

A ded­i­cated sand­blast­ing bay is also avail­able for all abra­sive work car­ried out on

at 1000

per

year,’’

says Mr ves­sels. Many trade ser­vices are avail­able from within the fa­cil­ity, from rou­tine main­te­nance through to com­plete re­builds and re­fits.

Mr Speairs points out that marine man­u­fac­tur­ing is also a large part of the cen­tre’s ten­ancy.

He says there are 32 pur­pose built fac­to­ries rang­ing in size from 180sqm through to 350sqm.

‘‘ Stage three of the cen­tre’s de­vel­op­ment will com­mence shortly with the pro­vi­sion of fur­ther marine ser­vice build­ing units along with some fur­ther man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory units as well,’’ he adds.

Plan­ning is well un­der­way for the con­struc­tion of a 300- boat dry rack stor­age fa­cil­ity on the north­ern bound­ary of the de­vel­op­ment.

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