Refit/Accommodation Barge (Ex-Navy)

Massive Price Reduction NZ$90,000 Contact exclusive broker Mike GREER, 021 520 911

The Vendor has significantly reduced the asking price to reflect the changing market place.  This is an incredible opportunity to purchase an asset with tremendous upside and value added.  Viewings can be arranged in Tauranga.  Be quick – This will sell.

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A three level structure built atop a concrete barge. Barge floor: workshops, store rooms, sewage compartment, office. Second floor: locker rooms, showers, toilets, lounge space. Top floor: offices, conference room, work station area.

Formerly used as a floating workshop, warehouse, storeroom and office. Vessel contains all functional purpose built facilities required to refit vessels and is a self contained unit comprising a free floating pre-stressed concrete wharf pontoon housing the lower deck which contains its own holding tanks (black water), main workshop including large machining lathe, storage cages, extensive common work areas with adjoining offices. A middle deck contains offices and mess facilities with some accommodation and ablution facilities.

The upper deck contains more offices and large dedicated work stations with IT cabling, more bunk rooms and conference facilities.

This professionally designed and built floating structure is immensely strong and will have years and years of profitable life.  The strength, integrity and volume have to be seen to be believed. However, there are matters to draw to your attention, set out below:

  • Decks – are showing some rust and corrosion and we would expect deck would need replacing in many areas . The deck has a covering of timber and astro-turf,  so it’s not possible to inspect probably 80% of the deck readily. However, the deck does not cover very much of the barge, due to the extent the accommodation covers the deck area.
  • Accommodation – the internal accommodation is in need of a significant refurbishment, although nothing structural, and depends on ultimately what the barge would be utilised for. Currently the owner holds architectural plans to convert this unit to apartments – there are plans on file available for 25 apartments each with its own private bathroom.
  • Our inspector found the hull of this vessel to be good and dry.

This unit has many potential uses including hotel or other accommodation style, offices, or used to accommodate marine workshops or similar. The pontoon itself is highly durable and would, in itself, withstand a sea tow, however, the accommodation and the structure of the vessel could easily be damaged during a tow if the weather turned bad.

Lying Tauranga, New Zealand.  Contact sole agent Mike Greer, NZMB – 021 520 911 or


Additional information


39.6m x 9.1m x 1.4m


EJ Perry. Design and Consulting Engineer of Sylvania NSW Australia. October 1972.


1.9m light displacement tonnage – 511 tonnes

Design loadings (original design):

Hull hydrostatic pressure – 1.4m
Deck – 100 lbs/sq ft
+ wave 0.9m

Shore connections

Massive shore power electrical connection – 240V, 400V – 3phase.
Shore sewage connection with strong pumping system, alarms etc.

Air conditioning

Seven units throughout. Forced draft ventilation to lower deck.


From the pontoon deck (lower deck) stairs lead down to the main workshop containing a large lathe and benches along the starboard wall. Aft of this and starboard is the tank room and pumping station containing black water tanks, valves and pumping. Sensors indicate when the system is full and the system can be tripped to discharge into wharf side disposal systems automatically. To the port side are several rooms referred to as plant store rooms. Forward of the workshop is a series of store cages (for port side and three starboard side) divided by a large workshop with benching along the entire port wall and partly along the starboard wall. Electronics and maintenance workshop and another specialist workshop are forward of this divided by a small storage room office. A companion stairway leads to the middle deck from a central position located within the body of the workshop.

The main or middle deck

is predominantly given to accommodation and crew living areas. A series of mess and saloon areas with bench seating occupy the forward section moving through a series of locker rooms, then through separate ablution facilities to a muster station starboard side and laundry port side aft. A stairway leads up to the upperdeck from the main deck muster station opening onto an area referred to as the main brow access area adjoining a large clear area with direct access onto a pantry.

The upper deck

is predominantly given to offices, conferencing facilities and office work station areas. Five offices are located off a central corridor to starboard and long marrow conference room opens off it to port.

The corridor

advances forward to open onto a large open office space incorporating three work stations each side. Forward of the work station is another small office, ablutions and general accommodation together with galley facilities, all arranged around access stairs to the lower deck and forward external walkway and stairs.