A sample of what Manson's clients have to say...
- We are very happy with the product. The scope that we required was very simple: Replicate the existing design, look and feel, but provide a
“Marine Grade Version”. After looking at 2 bridge builders we decided that a Marine Fabricator should have the skill set and engineering
capabilities to understand our needs and complete the project in a timely manner and to a known accepted budget. We chose Manson and this
was because they had done numerous gangway bridges for us previously and the outcome was great. We found that working with Jamie, General
Manager, was simple. He understood our needs, we provided him a drawing and a design criteria to work through, we also required that the
makeup of the bridge provided for an easy paint option on the hard-wearing parts, namely the handrails etc. The solution that followed
was demountable so the hand rails could be easily removed and painted in the future. We were very happy with the final product. It came
in on time, at the agreed price and looks exactly how we envisaged it.
Chris Stewart | Chairman | Gulf Harbour Marine Village Residents Association
- As an operational berth serving the ½ hourly Waiheke Island passenger ferry services and approaching the busy summer timetabling and Christmas
holiday period, it was imperative that any replacement structure be designed, consented, fabricated and installed within a tight 10-week
period. As one of ATs preferred suppliers for the fabrication of passenger ferry facilities, Manson were the natural choice to partner
ATs Wharf Structure Inspection specialist – GHD – in designing a suitable replacement structure; not only to meet the increasing operational
needs of AT and ferry operators but also to address the increasing op-ex commitment required to maintain the original gangway structure.
With this task in mind, Manson and GHD set about designing the replacement structure in 3 key pieces:
• A significantly improved and beefed-up abutment pivot.
• A wider, fully-glazed and fully-canopied gangway in structural marine-grade aluminium
• A passenger loading ramp to be affixed to the sea-ward face of the gangway structure – including improved lowering/raising by way of a counter-weighted pulley operation and a bespoke ‘parallelogram-hinge’ arrangement designed to would cater for the imposed lateral movements from vessels without damaging either the structure or vessel.
In addition to the gangway structure itself, Manson were pivotal in ensuring that the new structure would be compatible with the existing hydraulic lift system and gantry.
Although working under GHD, Manson Marine carried out all the structural design of the replacement structure to ensure that it met the remit from AT. Design and fabrication timescales were minimised due to Manson existing experience and familiarity in fabricating AT ‘Common Element’ type structures found at both DTFT (particularly Piers 1C, 4) as well as around other AT PT ferry facilities around the Auckland region.
Operational service of the2C berth, albeit with a reduced timetabling, was maintained whilst the replacement structure was designed and fabricated off-site in readiness for floating into position; keeping berth shut-down requirements to a minimum.
Fabrication of the new structures were prioritised by Manson in recognition of the pressing timeframes and need to re-open the berth to full operational services as soon as possible. Manson philosophy of ‘collaborative working’ continued into the delivery and installation phase of the works with Manson partnering Total Marine Services Ltd (for floatation and craning of the new gangway), STF Ltd (for all shore-based works including all electrical fitting) and Global Hydraulics for installation and fitment of the hydraulic system and existing gantry. The end result was a seamless, cost-effective and high-quality replacement of the gangway and ramp structure within the required timeframe, within the allocated budget and with minimal impact on operational services for AT, operators and ferry passengers. Post completion, minor additional works and alterations were required to the 2C structure and berth in general. These too have been met by Manson with the same level of commitment and customer service needed to compete the original works.
Richard Murray | Senior Engineer | Auckland Transport
- In August 2012 Auckland Council used Manson Engineering to manufacture and install hand railing and fence at the Okahu Bay Marina. We found
them to be professional at all times and the project went without any issues. During the installation they worked efficiently and safely
and we are very happy with the outcome. I have no hesitation recommending them for further work.
Wendy Stephens | Project Manager | Auckland Council
- We were impressed with the professionalism of Manson Engineering. Attention to detail was evident from design through to the installation of
a high quality product. Their willingness to adapt to changing circumstances also made Manson a pleasure to work with.
James Lake | Project Manager | HEB Structures
- Over the past seven years I have contracted Manson Engineering on a number of their services offered:
- Stainless Steel fabrication
- Aluminium fabrication
- Refurbishing metal work throughout the marina
Operating the newest marina in the Auckland area and offering many extended services to the boat owners, I require our contractors to perform their work to a high level, deliver on time and price their work according to the scope they have been given. Mason Engineering has met all the above requirements and in several cases excided my expectations with their customer service.
If any clients of Mason Engineering wish to visit the Orakei Marina to view past work carried out, I would be happy show them around.
Mark Schmack | General Manager | Orakei Marina | Auckland | New Zealand
- Manson Engineering designed, manufactured and installed a 28m aluminium access gangway for Brian Perry Civil for the new compass dolphin on
Fergusson wharf, Auckland. The responsibility lay with Manson to design and build a structure that was fit for purpose to accommodate the
extreme wind loadings and seawater impact associated with this site. The gangway was supplied on time, within budget and exceeded our expectation.
The communication from Manson was excellent and we were kept up to date with how this bridge was being built and transported. I would have
absolutely no hesitation to use Manson again for future work.
Daniel Hautler | Contracts Manager | Brian Perry Civil
We have undertaken several large commercial projects with the assistance of Manson Engineering. One being the installation of a large ‘Mega Shelter’ over an existing Netball court at Tirimoana Primary School which spans 15mts across and 30mts long, 4mts high on the sides sloping up to 6mts in the centre. Another project that stands out in our minds is the ‘lean to’ shelter at CSP in Onehunga. Dimensions were 8mts x 16mts, 6mts high sloping up to 8mts along the building.
With both these projects we presented Manson Engineering a few rough sketches on how we thought it should look. Steve and his team quickly turned these ideas into professional CAD drawings, worked out the engineering calculations and presented us with a supply price. Thanks to their ‘in house’ engineer our projects required little if any calculations by an independent engineer for the required ‘producer statements’. When it came to the day of installation every single piece of framework, nut and bolt arrived on site ready to be installed. Everything arrived on time, nothing was missing and Steve and his team had even taken out the time to supply detailed drawings showing exactly the way the structure was to be pieced together.
I can recommend the services of Manson Engineering. At all times the company was responsive to our needs. The Manager, Steve Mair, was consistently patient, understanding and willing to communicate with us in order to complete these large commercial jobs to our requirements and to our client’s satisfaction. I therefore have no hesitation in recommending the services of both Manson Engineering, and of Steve Mair.
Heath Walbridge | CEO Novashades