Campbelltown Seafoods

Nicholson Engineering has been working with Campbelltown Seafoods for about five years and around three years ago started consulting with John on a complete rebuild of their oyster boat. In consultation with John, the project has taken about two years to complete as it’s been done to work in with offseason and around the business.

The complete rebuild has included; fitting a new generator, new deck frames, overhauling pumps, rudder and rudder shaft, sheaving and ongoing maintenance. Nicholson Engineering has a 24/7 callout number and has worked through the night to ensure Campbelltown Seafoods are up and running and out on the boat fishing.


We’ve been working with Nicholson Engineering for about five years now. We originally started working with them because I’d heard good things and decided to go in and have a chat with them. From the initial conversation I was impressed, I could tell that they had a lot of knowledge and would be good to work with and so we went from there.

About three years ago we decided to start working on a complete rebuild of the oyster boat. We spent about a long-time planning and discussing the project before commencing and were able to work a lot of the rebuild in during offseason. Recently they completed the boat rudder and sheaving and have just finished installing a new generator. For us, communication is key, and Nicholson Engineering always discusses what we’re going to do and keep us updated all the time with how things are progressing. They really have a good working relationship with their clients.

I’m the kind of person that if I’m not happy, I won’t go there, and a complete rebuild is a major investment. The workers and the owners aren’t afraid to step up to the mark and are all great workers, who aren’t afraid to get stuck in. Because we work strange hours, if we call them late at night when we’re out at sea, they’ll be there when we get in and they’ll work through the night if they must – they really do go the extra mile, and I take my hat off to them.

Since Ross and Rowena have taken over the business they’ve really come onboard with health and safety, I’m very health and safety conscious and with Nicholson Engineering taking health and safety on, they’re keeping both our workers safe. In that regard, I’m really pleased with what they’ve done.

The first thing I would say to anyone considering working with Nicholson Engineering is just to go have a talk to them, discuss what work you need done, or what your problem is, and see if they can help, and you’ll know whether you want to go next door or not. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

John Mears, Campbelltown Seafoods

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