A cat among the whales
A successful Whale Watch operator in Kaikoura, New Zealand, wanted to start a similar operation in Australia, but they did not have time to commission a new yacht build before the operation started. The answer was to ship one of the existing catamarans.
This catamaran needed a water lift from the Lyttelton Port to discharge to water in Brisbane. Although no shipping service capable of carrying this catamaran existed, Taurus found a solution.
We arranged for a dive team to secure the lashing below the water line while the ship’s crane stood by for the lift. The catamaran was then shipped up the coast to Auckland for a discharge to wharf, and transfer to another vessel heading from Auckland to Brisbane. Precision timing was required to have shore cranes and ship cranes available to do the transfer and lifting within the port.
The catamaran was then also discharged directly into water in Brisbane with all Customs and AQIS formalities arranged in advance. She is now in service providing a whale watch attraction.