Firm meets big chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

When a Toke­lau Is­lands chief of­fered Martin Dou­glas and Har­vey Allen at Al­lenco Ma­rine Ltd a chal­lenge to build a barge big­ger than any­thing they had ever made be­fore, they ac­cepted.

Now af­ter 1000 hours of work, the 5.1 tonne barge is com­pleted and was on its way to the Toke­lau Is­lands last Fri­day.

It is one of two barges they are build­ing for the is­lands.

Mr Dou­glas said the chief and all his gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials trav­elled to meet them and have a look at it when it was be­ing built.

The barge is 10.7 me­tres by 5 me­tres and can carry 30 pas­sen­gers or up to five tonnes of cargo.

It has been de­signed with eight sep­a­rate buoy­ancy cham­bers un­der the deck and is pow­ered by two small out­board mo­tors.

‘‘We had to build and de­sign it to full Mar­itime New Zealand struc­tural stan­dards,’’ Mr Dou­glas said.

‘‘It was later taken to Kara­piro to test its sta­bil­ity and we had to al­ter the width slightly to give it more bal­ance but now it is good.’’

One barge is painted with green writ­ing and the other will be painted with blue as the two is­lands have sep­a­rate colour schemes for all their equip­ment.

They ex­pect the sec­ond one to be fin­ished by the end of March.

Set to go: The 5.1 tonne barge is the first boat Mata­mata Al­lenco Ma­rine has built for in­ter­na­tional wa­ters.

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