SHIP­PInG 1983-2018

The Daily Examiner - - ADVERTORIAL -

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.

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