Project Details

The MV Kaitaki is a ROPAX ferry built in 1995. As of 2008, MV Kaitaki is the largest ferry providing the Inter-islander service between the North and South Islands of New Zealand having taken its latest name in 2007. KiwiRail, the operator of the Inter-islander ferries, bought the Kaitaki in 2017.

Eptec Marine was commissioned by Thales Australia Pty Ltd to undertake the preparation and preservation works for MV Kaitaki for its 2017 Docking. This was a particularly short docking period, with only 16 days to complete a range of works. Eptec completed High Pressure Washing on all external surfaces and conducted surface preparation works to various areas of the ship. A key aspect of this docking was the application of a silicone coating to the underwater hull, to an area size of over 4,830 sqm.

Due to such extensive work over a short period, Eptec had assigned a workforce of over 60 employees to this project. We ran day and night shifts to accommodate for the workload and other trades, whilst ensuring the safety of our employees at every avenue. Eptec delivered the project to a satisfied client whilst managing risk at every level. We aim to keep our employees and the environment safe, every day.

Description of Works

  • High Pressure water washing
  • Mechanical descaling
  • Ultra-High Pressure water blasting
  • Dry abrasive blasting
  • Application of protective coatings by spray and roller
thales australia


Thales Australia Pty Ltd / Interislander Ferries


Garden Island, NSW, Australia

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