Relocation of SeaLink to Westhaven
SeaLink is relocating to the eastern edge of the Westhaven precinct in November 2019.
SeaLink primarily services Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands, along with other parts of the Hauraki Gulf with transportation of vehicles, passengers and freight.
Large vessels such as the SeaLink barges have a moving exclusion zone around them, and require significant space to manoeuvre, particularly in heavy weather.
Users of the Westhaven’s fairways that will need to be award of this include yachts and launches berthed at Westhaven, trailer boats that launch at the dry stacks at Orams and Pier 21 the public boat ramp at Z Pier, and those coming into Westhaven to use the services..
SeaLink currently has three vessels in operation from Wynyard Wharf, with 8-14 vessel movements, including departures and arrivals, each week-day at present, and up to 10 movements each Saturday and Sunday.
Coming from Wynyard Wharf, the company is already an expert at navigating its vessels in tight areas, and a visual warning system, developed by Panuku in conjunction with SeaLink and the Auckland Harbourmaster, will be trialled to enable those entering the marina entrance or about to depart to be aware when the vessel is manoeuvring.
The vessels only cause very minimal prop wash when they are manouvering that is unlikely to be felt by other vessels in Westhaven unless they are very close to the SeaLink vessel.
Panuku will also install signage and communicate with boaties before SeaLink arrives to ensure there is widespread understanding of SeaLink’s requirements.
SeaLink’s relocation from its current base in Wynyard Wharf has been made necessary by the developments in this area relating not only to the 36th America’s Cup but to the long term plans for the Waterfront, in keeping marine based industry in the Wynyard Precint.
Above: One of the SeaLink vessels.