Issued: 2 May 2017
Huon Aquaculture has today launched a new 24m workboat boat, named the Delilah.
The Delilah was constructed from the ground up by the team at the Company’s Port Huon engineering workshop.
“In addition to our 10 employees, we used 54 businesses and contractors to help us build the boat and we are extremely proud that 40 of them are based in southern Tasmania including; Spectrum Engineering, Hobart Marine Coatings, Southern Carpets, Brierley Hose and Handling, and Drysdale Engineering,” said Peter Bender, Huon Aquaculture’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.
“These jobs are important in rural and regional areas and we want to do our bit to help other local businesses. That’s why we remain firmly committed to employing as many locally-based contractors, businesses and labourers as possible.
The Delilah is a purpose built “work-horse” whose heavy lifting capabilities will be used to install and maintain moorings and undertake net changing and net and pen maintenance at the Company’s farms in Storm Bay, Bruny Island.
“The weather in Storm Bay can get wild so we have built the Delilah to withstand just about anything that Tasmania’s weather can throw at her.
“The Delilah will make a valuable addition to the fleet” Mr Bender concluded.
Works boat details:
• The Delilah is 24 meters long, 10 meters wide and weighs in at approximately 150 tonnes.
• Construction of the Delilah began 3 years ago at Port Huon.
• Murray Isles Designs, an Australian company designed the boat.
• Delilah is a biblical name that comes from the story of “Samson and Delilah”.
• The Samson was built in and launched from Port Huon in 2004 so the Delilah is its sister vessel.
• The Delilah features a winch capable of pulling 30 tonnes and a crane that can lift 50 tonnes
Background on Huon Aquaculture
Huon Aquaculture was founded in 1988 by Peter and Frances Bender at Hideaway Bay in Tasmania’s rugged far south. The Huon Aquaculture Group produces around 20,000 tonnes of fresh salmon per year and is recognised globally as being the premium producer of fresh and smokes salmon products.
Huon currently employs around 550 people in most states of Australia and both Peter and Frances remain involved in all areas of the business on a daily basis.
Huon Aquaculture contact:
Jane Gallichan, Corporate Affairs Manager, email@example.com or 0400 159 664
For images of the launch, please contact Emma Tanchik, Communications Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0447 426 457