South East Marine and Moorings is the brainchild of Bob Kelly. Bob moved to Margate Tasmania from Subiaco, Perth WA, in 1999. For a period he owned a share in a mussel farm located in Great Bay, Bruny Island. In 2004 he began commuting to WA to continue his long-term career in the heavy construction industry
Bob has many friends that have yachts on moorings in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and saw an opportunity for a contractor to service existing moorings; and to supply and install new moorings.
In February 2011 he started looking for second-hand vessels to do this kind of work but concluded that the best approach would be to construct a new vessel specifically designed for the task.
He approached Rob Cawthorn of Cawthorn Welding about the possibility of building a new vessel. They decided to engage naval architect, John Kemp of OceanTech Design to prepare plans for an aft-wheelhouse style vessel that could lift 1.5 tonne of chain and moorings over the bow. The specification called for a vessel that would be very versatile and be able to carry out different types of work including fish farm work, wharf maintenance or marine survey work.
Construction of the vessel commenced on 18th October 2011 and the barge was launched in July 2012.
Operating out of North West Bay we will have the capacity to service from the Derwent Estuary, down to Recherche Bay in the south and across to Port Arthur and Triabunna in the east.