Sean Kelly

Director of Electric Boats

Electric Boat Director Sean Kelly
Electric Boats Director Sean Kelly

From humble beginnings, growing up at Port Ohope and Ohakana Island with his Mother & Grandparents.

He left home at 17 and joined the Navy.

He served on 4 frigates, HMNZS Southland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury and finished off spending the last 18 months onboard the HMNZS Tarapunga, an inshore survey craft that completed hydrographic surveys.

He left the Navy after 6 years to follow his dream of becoming a fisherman. He fished out of Tauranga for 2 years from his own commercial fishing boat.  He then moved to Auckland and became a shipbroker.

He sold fishing boats, tugs Container ships, and LPG tankers, and also assisted the High Court in disposing of arrested Russian Ships. Sean started his own business “Sean Kelly Shipbrokers”,  the business was a success selling a few million dollar’s worth of commercial vessels each year.

Sean served on two America’s Cup campaigns as Fleet Engineer with the New York Yacht Club and the Telecom Italia Mobile syndicate.  He also had his own vessel on hire to Race Management laying the top mark for the racing.

Sean received a call from Sir Peter Blake soon after, with a job offer of Chief Engineer on “Seamaster”.

Sean spent 9 months on “Seamaster” refitting her, thereafter crossing the Southern Ocean on an environmental exploration programme, monitoring global warming and pollution for the United Nations.

After the time with Sir Peter Blake, Sean decided to start his own Work Boat Business.  For 15 years, this business provided research surveys, hydrographic surveys, seismic surveys (both 2D and 3D) patrol work, towing, filming and movie work, salvage, and diving services.

This Work Boat Company was a big success and had extensive involvement in the oil and gas industry.  It operated as far West as Australia, North into the Pacific, and South to the Auckland Islands and other sub-Antarctic Islands.

Pacific 7 was a succession to that company which is an Engineering & Contracting Company specializing in both Land & Sea operations.

To add to this list of incredible experiences, Sean Kelly has set sail with Electric Boats.

Electric Boats is New Zealand’s first All-Electric Commercial Boat company. We all have a responsibility towards the environment and Sean Kelly has realized this responsibility in Electric boats where you can not only reduce your impact on the environment but also your bottom line.

Sean has a long list of qualifications and an extensive background in the Marine Sector.  Sean is an expert in his field.

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