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Friday, August 14, 2020

North Island News

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New Zealand's KiwiRail to Order RoPax Pair

New Zealand's state-owned KiwiRail has issued a request for proposal to find a preferred shipyard to build two new RoPax ferries for operator Interislander.The international tender follows a NZ$400 Million (US$256.1 million) contribution to the 2020 Budget that enables KiwiRail to procure two new modernized vessels for service between capitol Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. When entering into operation in 2024 and 2025, the new ferries will replace the existing fleet of three ships…

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Loggers, Food Exporters Impacted From China's Virus

The economic impact of China's coronavirus lockdown is being felt across the globe, with exporters, miners and manufacturers of everything from coal and timber to meat and fruit facing delays and potential shipment cancellations.As the most populous nation and factory floor for most of the world's manufactured goods, China is normally the largest and most voracious consumer of a slew of global raw materials, fuels and foods.But the combination of an extended Lunar New Year holiday…

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Port Napie Orders Damen Tug

Napier Port, the third largest port on New Zealand’s North Island, has placed an order with Damen Shipyards Group for an Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) Tug 2412 Twin Fin for delivery later this year.The contract was signed by Sjoerd de Bruin, sales manager Pacific for Damen and Napier Port CEO Todd Dawson at Napier Port main office.Napier Port is currently developing a sixth wharf which, at 350 meters long, will be capable of handling the larger vessels that are expected to access the port in the near future.

Port Taranaki representatives and Sanmar’s sales director at the contract signing: Grant Squire, marine engineer supervisor; Guy Roper, chief executive; Craig Bramley, Sanmar director of sales-Australian region; and Neville Fox, head of marine services (Photo: Sanmar)

Port Taranaki Orders New Tug from Sanmar

Within a few weeks of unveiling a new compact tractor tug jointly designed with Robert Allan Limited, Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar has secured an order from a port on the west coast of New Zealand. Port Taranaki has awarded the Sanmar a contract to build the very first of its exclusive Delicay series, a compact, under 24m rule length design conceived as an off-the-shelf unit with numerous variations to suit customer needs. This vanguard of the series will measure 25.3m x 12m and…

A ship departing from Ports of Auckland. Photo: Ports of Auckland Limited

Ports of Auckland Interim Profit Up

Ports of Auckland Chief Executive Tony Gibson has announced a ‘solid’ half year result for the company, achieved despite a fall in volumes and revenue. The port produced an interim net profit of $31.6 million for the six months to December 31, a 9.5 per cent increase, despite falling revenue and container volumes. Revenue was down 2.2 per cent and container volumes fell 3.3 per cent. The port company declared an interim dividend of $25.9 million, up from $25.5 million a year earlier. "The first half of the year has been anything but plain sailing.

USS Princeton refuels with biofuel in 2012. Image: U.S. Navy

Biofuels to Help Power Next US Navy Deployment

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel  to conduct operations in the Pacific. The "Great Green Fleet"  warships powered by alternative energy is a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil. Most of the group's ships will run on a mix of 90 per cent petroleum and only 10 per cent biofuels, though that could change. The Navy originally aimed for the ratio to be 50/50. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the deployment in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego…

The Pee Jay V. Photo: White Island Tours

Tourists rescued from blazing boat off NZ

A passenger ferry, Pee Jay V,  carrying 60 people caught fire off the coast of New Zealand on Monday, officials say, but all those on board were rescued safely. The incident began at about 3:45 p.m. local time on Monday when a call came in from a White Island tour boat in the vicinity of the Whakatane Harbour, located on the North Island of New Zealand. Live pictures showed large flames coming from the vessel, and black smoke continued to billow from the ferry at 5 p.m. Police…

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, assumes command of U.S. 3rd Fleet from Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet change of command and retirement ceremony

U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24. During the ceremony, Floyd retired from active duty after 35 years of honorable naval service. He assumed command of U.S. 3rd Fleet in May 2013. Under Floyd's strategic vision, 3rd Fleet expanded its influence and contributions across all maritime lines of operations…

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at

Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF. While serving as the Navy's "Air Boss" since October 2012, Buss ensured the material readiness, administration, and training for all Naval Aviation commands and provided operationally ready squadrons and aircraft carriers to the fleet.