• TNL Pindar ship aeroplane to Europe

    TNL Pindar ship aeroplane to Europe

    TNL Pindar were recently were tasked with shipping a 1938 DE Havilland aeroplane from Auckland to Bremerhaven, Germany.

    With the dimensions being 12 metres long and 6.5 metres wide, with the wings mostly removed, and being a very delicate piece of cargo the first challenge was how best to ship it. It was quickly decided that utilising a Roll on / Roll off option where the aeroplane would be shipped in the confines of a vessel for the duration of the voyage was the best option. The next challenge was how to move it from the Hawke’s Bay to Auckland. Once it was known that the aeroplane could still fly the customer was asked to fly it to Ardmore Aerodrome 25km south of the Ports of Auckland.


    Once the plane was safely in a hanger at the aerodrome it had its wings and tail plane dismantled and prepared to be packed into a 40ft container that would ship separately to the plane.

    The plane was then shrink wrapped and loaded onto a road transporter for moving to the wharf in Auckland which had to be done in the early hours one morning as at 6.5m wide it could only be on the roads between 22:00 and 06:00.

    The plane was then safely towed into the vessel for its long voyage to Europe.

  • Stamas 363 from USA to Auckland

    TNL Pindar co-ordinate arrival of Stamas 363 from USA to Auckland.

    TNL Pindar Ltd has recently co-ordinated the import customs formalities, handing and delivery of a Stamas 363 motor boat that arrived in Auckland, New Zealand over the Christmas period.

    Originating from the East Coast USA it was shrink wrapped, cradled and loaded on to a Roll on / Roll off vessel using a mafi trailer in Savannah, Georgia. The owner in New Zealand required assistance with every aspect of the import as he was new to the country and had no idea how the system operated.

    Even before the boat had departed the USA TNL Pindar’s Australasian Manager, Richard Thorpe, had already met the owner in Auckland and ran through the processes that would be required to have the boat imported, taxes paid and transported to the dry stack in Auckland’s Westhaven Marina area.

    An added complication was the arrival of the vessel on Boxing Day. Richard Thorpe said, “With the boat arriving during the New Zealand Christmas / New Year period the main issue was not being able to legally move the “out of gauge” boat on the roads until Monday 7th January. So we had no surprises, the moment we knew of the arrival date we negotiated with the Ports of Auckland to waive any storage fees from the day of arrival through to the day we could legally move it on the road”. Knowing details such as these and understanding the issues only comes with the experience that the team at TNL Pindar have.

    Working closely with the stevedores on the port and the transport company contracted to move the boat to Westhaven Richard Thorpe was on hand to supervise the transfer of the boat from the mafi trailer to the transporter’s trailer before the move through Downtown Auckland to the dry stack where the owner was waiting.

    Upon receipt of his boat the owner sent the following message, “I would like to thank you for a taking care of importing my boat into New Zealand. I thought it would be difficult to find someone that would handle the whole process because of all the different things that needed to be done. Getting the boat to the boat basin with no problems was a big relief for me. It was nice of you to come to my house and explain all the different charges to me and what to expect from customs. You have handled all my questions along the way promptly and in a professional manner.”
    Ron Patrick – Owner

  • SY “Ragamuffin Loyal” shipped to Los Angeles

    The team at TNL Pindar recently shipped the 100ft Maxi Racing Yacht “Ragamuffin Loyal” from Port Kembla to Los Angeles.Working closely with our Australian partners in Brisbane the job of bringing the logistics together took a concerted effort by the experienced staff on both sides of the Tasman.

    The yacht was loaded directly from the water whilst the mast, which was removed from the yacht the week before, was trucked to the port along with 2 X 20ft containers that contained spare parts and sails for the sailing team.

    The yacht is due to take part in the Transpac yacht race from Los Angeles to Honolulu in early July.


  • 40ft Selene Shipped from Hong Kong to Auckland

    The last day of May saw the arrival of a brand new Selene 40 into
    Auckland from Hong Kong.

    The launch was barged already in its shipping cradle from the factory just outside Hong Kong directly to alongside the vessel and then lifted onto the deck of the ship.

    On arrival in Auckland it was discharged directly to water where the proud new owners, Rowan and Suzanne Hatch were able to motor her away for further commissioning.

    They wrote, “We were delighted to receive all your photos – great shots and really interesting to see them from a different perspective to the ones we took from below…Thank you again for all your help and for making the shipping of Selene Dream a very pleasurable experience for us – we have enjoyed being associated with you.”