Shipping in the Port of Yamba has a rich history from the mid-1860s until this day.
Shipping had declined in Port during the 1960s and 70s, except for the vessels brought to the Harwood Slipway and Harwood sugar Mill. In the late 1970s early 1980s Captain Ron King commenced Yamba Shipping and shortly after Malcolm Reid purchased and operated the first small ship to Lord Howe Island from Palmers Island wharf.
This first ship was the 100t capacity ex pearling lugger, MV Kuri Pearl, built at Carrington Slipway Newcastle.
The island was being serviced for many years by foreign flagged vessels, mostly French, and this new service was Australian owned, Australian crewed, Australian flagged operating to the World Heritage listed NSW Lord Howe Island.
In July 1992 a competing service with the vessel MV Island Trader commenced a service from Yamba, when it was well known that there was only capacity for one ship for the service, so eventually our ships withdrew their service and commenced operations in other parts of the South Pacific. This business was then lost the Port of Yamba and relocated to Port Macquarie.
Malcolm Reid purchased more ships, and through his investment and belief in our staff and companies went on to then establish regular services to Norfolk and, the Chatham Islands, as well as the Tokelau’s, New Caledonia, Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The other ships we owned and operated were, MV Sitka 400t, MV Maasmond 1100t, MV Norfolk Guardian 2500t, MV Pacific Guardian 6000t.