Oceania Marine Battles Exotic Marine Pest

December 22nd, 2015 by admin

Oceania Marine’s two shipyards located at North and South Shipyards, Port Whangarei, New Zealand are official haulout sites for the removal of exotic marine pests that are identified on contaminated vessels. The process of treating such vessels involves urgently hauling the vessel, once identified, on the 800 tonne slipway at North Shipyard or the 100 tonne travelift at South Shipyard onto isolated containment areas for removal and cleaning. This may also involve treatment with chemicals such as chlorine.

The issue has come to the fore recently with the decision of the local territorial authority to control the spread of Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) within the Northland region. The status of this marine pest within New Zealand is defined as ‘established’ and it is very hard to control. Some regions are allowing nature to take it’s course making it difficult if not impossible for other regions to be effective in their attempts to control it. Whatever ones point of view is on what should be done about Fanworm it serves as an excellent, and unfortunate, example of why vessels entering New Zealand water from overseas need to be vigilant in monitoring their underwater hulls and maintain their antifouling coatings.

Oceania Marine North Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand - Example Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) infestation

Oceania Marine North Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand – Example Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) infestation


Dangerous Exotic Insect Found Close to Port Whangarei

February 5th, 2014 by admin



The dangers of bringing in dangerous exotic pests into New Zealand aboard yachts has been demonstrated by the discovery of a single male Queensland fruit fly (see image above) close to recently arrived yachts berthed at Whangarei Marina in the Town Basin. Whilst the source of the insect has not been established it had to originate from overseas and was found in one of the traps especially set up close to the port. It emphasises the need for extreme care on the part of all yacht crews to ensure that no fruit or vegetables are brought in on their vessels from overseas. The cost for establishing a controlled zone around the affected area and policing it will cost millions of dollars and put one of the countries most important primary industries at risk.


TOWN BASIN – Port Whangarei

Local newspaper The Northern Advocate reports:

“Friday is D-Day for finding out if a single male Queensland fruit fly found in Whangarei is a lone invader or part of something far more serious after a biosecurity operation expected to cost more than $1.5 million. A team of up to 120 Ministry of Primary Industry and Quality Assure staff have been working in Whangarei for the past two week since a single male Queensland fruit fly was found in a garden in the Riverside/Parihaka area, in Whangarei, on January 21.

If more fruit flies are found the Government may have to mount a massive spraying and eradication programme to protect the country’s $4 billion horticulture industry. People cannot take fresh fruit or vegetables, other than leafy and root varieties, out of the 1.5km circular-controlled area called Zone B. In the heart of that circle is Zone A – ground zero, where a 200m circle extends from the property where the fruit fly was found. Deputy director general of the Ministry for Primary Industries Andrew Coleman said as of yesterday no more fruit flies had been found, leaving the authorities hopeful the scare could be declared over by the end of Friday. Mr Coleman said if no more fruit flies were found by the end of Friday it’s likely the biosecurity response will be called off.

“We have to wait two weeks from checking of the traps we set up after the initial find. That’s the international standard and will take us to the end of Friday,” he said. ‘If no more fruit flies are found it will be put through the decision-making process here at MPI and the chief technical officer will make the call on whether to end the operation.”

Mr Coleman said the entire operation was likely to have cost the Government at least $1.5 million. In 2012 the discovery of a single male fly in Avondale, Auckland, sparked a major biosecurity operation that cost about $1.5 million. Mr Coleman, who was to be in Whangarei today to see the operation in action, said the response from the Whangarei public over the scare had been amazing.”



August 26th, 2013 by admin

The Oceania Marine group of companies deliver a diverse range of services to the maritime industries covering refit, repair and construction of yachts, superyachts and commercial vessels. Oceania Marine has experienced a

Oceania Marine, North Shipyard, Port Whangarei - 50M Superyacht Project Arrives

Oceania Marine, North Shipyard, Port Whangarei – 50M Superyacht Project Arrives

rapid expansion in size and scope of services over the last four years and is set to grow further in coming years. It’s services are delivered via subsidiary and related companies which is part of the group’s strategy to diversify and protect itself from the ups and downs commonly associated with the various sectors of the industry. 

In parallel with this growth Oceania Marine has established the philosophy and ethics for governing how it does business. The Oceania Green initiative is the result of this process. 

To assist vessel owners, contractors, shipyard visitors and the general public to get information about Oceania Green they have created a web portal (www.oceaniagreen.com). It also acts as a gateway to the Group’s various specialist websites. Managing Director Martin Gleeson explains: 

“As Oceania Marine grows in size and complexity it has become apparent to us that we need to provide assistance for those seeking information about us including helping them to navigate between our various websites. We also wished to enlighten interested parties about the ethics and green standards that drive our efforts to provide client satisfaction. 

Our shipyards have stringent environmental, health and safety standards and for the group to be successful in meeting those standards they have to become part of our culture and fabric rather than being a burdensome set of rules that everyone just pays ‘lip service’ to. This is what the Oceania Green initiative is all about.” 

The Oceania Green website outlines this aspect of the groups profile with links to the specialist websites. Protecting the environment and managing waste in a green and sustainable fashion is a major goal for the group as is striving to make the shipyards a healthy and safe place of work. The website is a small piece of the process that will make this happen