Wed, Dec 28, 2022 11:43 AM

Facing the surge of ever-changing waters in the marine industry


Tessa Jaine

Based in Picton, but covering waters both in New Zealand and overseas, Marine Services NZ Ltd was formed in 2018 with the joining of two families taking over an already established and successful company that had been operating in the region for over twenty years.

Marine Services NZ are a service provider to the aquaculture and marine industry, supplying and installing screw anchors for marine farms, moorings for vessels of any size, floating pontoons, commercial dive work, barging, jetty building or refurbishment in both the marine and freshwaters of New Zealand. “We work independently on small projects or collaboratively on large scale developments,” says general manager Richard McLean.

Supporting all aspects of marine infrastructure, Marine Services NZ are dedicated to providing quality service using Design Engineers for planning, and certified engineering firms for the building of their specialised equipment, and two unique vessels that are purposely set up for anchoring, mooring and diving work. “Security of the anchoring systems is paramount as the licensees are only allowed to use the water-space they have consent for, so must remain inside those boundaries. So, the accuracy of where we install the anchors, and the ultimate holding power of these anchors is most important.”

Seeing many changes in the industry over the years, the team continue to successfully navigate their way through everchanging waters to deliver on every project. “The aquaculture industry is expected to grow exponentially. Marine farms are moving out from sheltered waters to more open deeper water - meaning it is also rougher so better anchoring systems are required. This means we are always developing new systems to ensure we meet these changes and challenges. We can also assist with structural designs.” Environmental awareness means that anchoring and mooring systems in many areas are now required to be non-disturbance. Using screw anchor technology, Marine Services NZ have developed a mooring system based on those that have been used successfully in the offshore industry for many years.


Expansion to the business has seen Marine Services NZ upgrading their fleet and recently completing major projects in Fiordland and Tasmania, saying the company's advancement is a key driver in their passion for the sector. “It is a growth industry and there are many innovations happening.” Operating across all of New Zealand’s waters, both marine and fresh, Richard says, “We have completed work in Australia as well, and can go globally as and when the demand is there.”

“We are available to look at any marine projects or problems you may have or are thinking of.”

For more information contact the team on 03 573 8045, or email

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