HARwOOd MARInE HM - SLIPwAY
• 1968 construction commences Harwood Slipway on behalf of Clarence River Slipways to service the Sugar, fishing and commercial vessel industry.
• 1970 – 1994 The Shipyard is sold to Ballina Slipway and Co and renamed Harwood Slipway. The shipyard secures contracts for Army and Navy vessels, landing craft, patrol boats Army ducks, commercial vessels. Shipbuilding commences with tugs and commercial vessels. Regular ship repair with clients from around Australia and South Pacific is carried out. In 1980 there were 170 people employed on site carrying out shipyard works and activities for the Australian defence force vessels.
• 1994 – 2018 The current owners purchase the shipyard and assets to complement their shipping activities, for slipping, repair and maintenance. As the shipping business grew the shipyard became busy and alternate opportunities for new clients accelerated the commercial growth of the shipyard.
The current owners, had an in-water slipway foundation issue in October 2014 that intermittently could derail the cradle when slipping vessels.
After careful consideration, the decision was made to undertake a repair and refurbishment of the slipway, to ensure safety and environmental compliance for the future operations and secure the jobs of our employees. The shipyard was closed from October 2014 - February 2017, and during this time the employees carried out the required works ensuring continuity of their employment, and the satisfaction of knowing the job was well done to the highest standards.