VIDEO: Maritime boost for Maryborough with world first
A WORLD-first water jet installation is taking place in Maryborough as a team of Rolls-Royce engineers from Sweden work on the Tangalooma Jet.
Tangalooma marine operations manager Richard Neale said it was an amazing and awesome experience.
"It's the first-time we've had an installation of this magnitude," he said.
"To have these guys come out from Rolls-Royce and have such an amazing team of guys, and to be the first ones in the world to have these new generation of water jets installed, new engines going in, it's been a really exciting time for us," he said.
Mr Neale said they had received a lot of local support from people in Maryborough and were helping boost the local economy with plenty of purchases.
"It's good to be able to support a community like this," he said. Maryborough is hosting the catamaran for several weeks while it visits the Mary River Slipway for a refit, worth up to $2.1 million dollars.
The catamaran, which calls Tangalooma Island Resort, near Brisbane, home, arrived in early August.
Previously the Chronicle reported Tangalooma director of marine observations Jeff Osborne saying he hoped their presence would encourage more work to come to the area.
Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Craig Winter said the chamber and Fraser Coast Regional Council needed to make the most of the installation and use it to promote Maryborough's maritime services.
"Where we need to give them assistance is in promoting it outside the region," he said.
"If we develop a long-term strategy for the business it would do really well."
Mr Winter said it was also important the proposed Urangan Marina develop in Hervey Bay did not take business away from Maryborough.
"Leave that alone and leave it as a tourist destination," he said
Fraser Coast councillor Daniel Sanderson said the re-fit was great for the local economy.
"It's definitely an industry we need to try and grow," he said.
Mr Sanderson said promoting the industry would be a task Fraser Coast Opportunities would assist with.
Tangalooma Jet below