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Saturday, August 15, 2020

South 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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NZ Harbour Welcomes its Largest Container Ship

The largest Port in the South Island of New Zealand, Lyttelton Port, has welcomed its largest ever container ship.The Singapore–flagged Rio de Janeiro, which can carry nearly 6000 containers and is the length of about three rugby fields, arrived early Saturday.Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) Chief Executive, Peter Davie said, “The Rio de Janeiro is a new class of ship to call at Lyttelton. She can carry 5,905 twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs), while the largest container vessels currently visiting Lyttelton commonly carry 4…

USS Sampson (DDG 102) on station off the coast of Kaikoura. At the request of the government of New Zealand, Sampson arrived off New Zealand's South Island Nov. 17 to offer assistance to those affected by the recent earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy New Zealand Defence Force Released)

USS Sampson Concludes Relief Effort Support to NZ

USS Sampson (DDG 102) and two embarked MH-60R helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 concluded relief effort support to the residents of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Nov. 19. Sampson and the embarked helicopters directly supported the Government of New Zealand onsite at Kaikoura from Nov. 17-19. Over the two days, the helicopters completed 14 flights lifting 11,000 lbs. of equipment and supplies from HMNZS Canberra to the shore and also took the mayor of Kaikoura on a visual inspection tour of the surrounding area.

Large Earthquake Damages New Zealand Ports and Infrastructure

New Zealand’s largest earthquake in 150 years has led to a number of port and infrastructure issues, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS). The ports of Wellington and Picton suffered damages after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the upper South Island of New Zealand at midnight local time on November 14. Wellington authorities said both the port and wharf gates will remain closed for the next week, and no ship or cargo operations will be permitted. As and when certain sections are cleared by engineers selective operations may be allowed to recommence during this period, ISS said.

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.

Rex Chapman - Chairman. Photo by South Port NZ Ltd

South Port says Shipping Rates 'Unsustainably Low'

Shipping rates in New Zealand waters have become "unsustainably low" in the wake of supply chain agreements such as between Kotahi and Port of Tauranga,  NBR reports as South Port New Zealand chairman Rex Chapman saying. The company's strategy is to maintain good working relationships with other ports, to take advantage of the "inevitable changes in the port sector. Chapman said that just as Tauranga has now reached into the South Island through Timaru, it is expected that other…

Sailors of the Northern Fleet

Northern Fleet to Conduct Anti-terrorist Exercises

The sailors of the Northern Fleet will conduct anti-terrorism exercises at Novaya Zemlya. During the exercise, the coast will be a landing. The landing will take place on the west coast of the South Island in the Gulf of Rogachev, the press service of the Northern Fleet. The operation will bring together large landing ship "George" and "Kondopoga". "In the near future in the Gulf of Rogachev will be made reconnaissance and refined areas of unloading equipment and personnel from amphibious assault ships on the coast of Novaya Zemlya," - said in a statement.

Lake Passinger Ferry: Photo credit Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther Design NZ Lake Ferry

Australia's Aluminium Marine is building an Incat Crowther designed environmentally responsible passenger catamaran. The 26m long vessel has been commissioned by Southern Discoveries of New Zealand’s South Island to operate out of Queenstown, transferring passengers to isolated destinations on Lake Wakatipu. It will be constructed with a removable wheelhouse, allowing it to be carried overland by truck to the lake. After a review of many design options, Incat Crowther was awarded…

24m Catamaran Ferry Launches

Incat Crowther announced the launch of the 24m Catamaran Ferry Titiroa by Q-west Boatbuilders in Wanganui, New Zealand. The vessel has completed sea trials, and has been delivered to Real Journeys, who will operate the vessel on New Zealand’s South Island. The delivery of the vessel is a story in itself. Titiroa will operate on land-locked Lake Manipouri, in the middle of the South Island near Queenstown. The delivery journey entailed sailing Titiroa to Bluff, on the southern tip of the island, removing the roof and transporting the vessel to the lake by truck.