Trusty tugs to welcome new companion
Port Marlborough’s towage fleet will soon have a new companion vessel.
New tug Kaiana is due to arrive next April. The boat has been specially designed to work in Picton Harbour and will enhance the capabilities of the current fleet, Port Marlborough Chief Executive Rhys Welbourn said. “The safety and efficiency of our operations in Picton Harbour are critical to supporting the flow of ferries, cruise and cargo ships, which all contribute to the region’s prosperity,” he said.
The name ‘Kaiana’ was gifted to Port Marlborough by manawhenua iwi Te Ātiawa o te Waka a Maui. Te Ātiawa Chair Rachael Hāte said: “The name Kaiana holds a significant history for our people and is a name closely intertwined with our connection to the land where the port now stands, being the name of the lagoon area that once provided sustenance for our whānau and community for generations.”
Designed in Denmark, Kaiana is 21 metres long with a bollard pull of 50 tonnes and excellent manoeuvrability. Its diesel engines are designed to be beyond compliance in emission reduction technology. Other green technologies are built-in including an electric generation system that produces power from the main engines, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Meanwhile Port Marlborough’s trusty tug Monowai celebrated 50 years of dedicated service to New Zealand shipping this year. She was built in 1973 in Southport and acquired by Port Marlborough in 2017. Monowai’s crew and skipper Alan Robjohns have played a pivotal role in maintaining her in impeccable condition throughout her journey with Port Marlborough, Mr Welbourne said.
“Monowai is reliable and hardworking, and together with Maungatea, has been an integral part of the Port Marlborough marine fleet, having undertaken thousands of manoeuvres over the years in assisting ferries, log, cargo and cruise ships and ensuring the smooth operation of the port,” he said.