MARYBOROUGH'S marine industry has received its first boost in years with news that ships will bring dollars and a busier workload for tradespeople at the Mary River slipway.
The H.T. Amorena is currently berthed at Maryborough's slipway while work including painting and servicing is done.
The 49m barge was tugged up the river on Monday morning.
Michael Adlard is the owner of Gladstone-based Coastal Tugs, which delivered the barge to Maryborough.
The quietly-spoken man had heard about the Maryborough slipway services from a friend - so he directed his fleet to the Heritage City.
Each year three boats, with three crew each, will be piloted from Gladstone to Maryborough to be serviced, providing work for boilermakers, painters and diesel fitters.
"Everything's here - it's convenient for us," Mr Adlard said.
He said the cost of servicing the boats in Maryborough would be "a lot cheaper than Brisbane".
But when asked how much it would inject into the local economy, Mr Adlard was uncertain.
"Ask me that in a few days," he joked.
Peter White is one business owner who will benefit from the barge and Mr Adlard's investment in Maryborough.
Mr White owns White's Welding and Crane Hire and he said the work was needed.
"We do a lot of work on boats that come into the slip," he said.
"It has been really quiet but we've been waiting for this ship."
Mr White expects to get about five days work out of the barge, with the dollar input about $2000 or $3000.
"That barge is a terrific boost for us," he said.
"Apparently there's another five that could potentially come here as well."