Yamba Barges on With Boats

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It’s full steam ahead for Yamba Welding and Engineering after Papua New Guinean businessmen came to check two boats they ordered for their copper and gold mine, Ok Tedi Mining Limited.

Yamba Welding and Engineering Managing Director Bill Collingburn said the $2 million contract sealed earlier this year was just another example of how Yamba was carving itself into the international maritime industry.

He said it was contracts like this one, which has the local firm building two barges to service the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea, that put the coastal town on the map.

“It gives us exposure to a big mining company and we expect to get work from it in the future,” Mr Collingburn said.
“We always get it right, we are internationally quality assured. That helps us with getting work and export orders.”

The barges are more than 20 tonnes each and include living quarters, cranes and a workshop. The larger of the two is 18m long and will do repair work up and down the Fly River. The second barge will deliver local products to villages.

Mr Collingburn said when the boats were finished he would pick a few staff members and sail them to PNG.

Source Grafton Examiner

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