Shipbrokers open Picton branch

Last updated 09:51 23/05/2013
Mike Vining
Jared Nicoll
On the waterfront: Vining Shipbrokers co-owners, from left, Mike Vining, Cindy Adams-Vining and Ian Michel are settling in to their company’s Picton Marina branch

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Vining Shipbrokers decided to open an office at Picton Marina after being impressed by Port Marlborough's development of the area, company co-owner Ian Michel said.

The marine brokers have been in business at nearby Waikawa Marina for more than 30 years and were prompted to expand into nearby Picton Marina last week after seeing the port company's upgrades to the area.

Michel said the marina's new look, including new boatsheds, a 4-metre-wide slipway and customer service centre, prompted the company to rent a standalone office on the waterfront.

"We think Port Marlborough's done a marvellous job with this marina and we saw it as an excellent chance to grow our business. We looked at the place in a completely different light to even three years ago."

Vining Shipbrokers also has offices in Nelson, Whangarei and Opua. "We're at a stage where we can offer New Zealand coverage," Michel said.

Five marine brokers worked in the Waikawa office and would take turns working in the Picton Marina office until a permanent placement was sorted.

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- The Marlborough Express

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