Doug Wright

On the waterfront: Record cruise ship season ends today

An interesting week at Port Chalmers with a visit from Stellar Eagle, the largest ship to load logs, and a record cruise ship season ending with visits from Pacific Pearl yesterday, and consort Pacific Dawn today.

Rare reefer visit for holds of apples

In the past we used to see quite a lot of them, fully refrigerated vessels (reefers). They called here to load for overseas markets, fish, meat and apples when the export apple season was in full swing. These cargoes now go by container ships.

On the waterfront: NZ roles in transtasman runs recalled

Now operated by foreign-owned container ship companies, regular transtasman services were once the domain of Australian and New Zealand lines.

On the Waterfront: Evoking those classical lines

Sunny conditions added to the pleasure of watching the cruise ship Saga Ruby arriving at Port Chalmers last week.

Newcomer 'Aurora' one of the season's last cruise ships

The annual summer cruise ship season is starting to wind down. After today only five more visits are scheduled before it ends early next month.

On the Waterfront: Three interesting maiden visitors to port last week

Three vessels of particular interest made their maiden visits to the harbour last week. The log ship Port Phillip brought back memories of a well-known Port Line cargo liner, Aetos also called to load logs, and Araon is the first ice-breaker to come our way for almost 39 years.

On the Waterfront: General cargo carrier loads phosphate

On the Waterfront: General cargo carrier loads phosphate

The latest visitor, to Ravensbourne last Saturday, the Chinese-built Montauk Maiden, may have a similar appearance to bulk carriers that have turned up here over the years.

On the Waterfront: New visitor keen to keep sea-going history alive

On the Waterfront: New visitor keen to keep sea-going history alive

Another two cruise-ship names will be recorded here for the first time this week, with the arrival of the 2009-built Silver Spirit on Wednesday and the 22-year-old Balmoral on Saturday.

On the Waterfront: Cruise ship's name has long past

The Holland-America Lines (HAL) Volendam has become a regular visitor from the time of its first visit to Port Chalmers on October 31, 2008. It was back for the 22nd time last Friday and the Port Otago cruise ship schedule lists the vessel to make a further 14 visits up to December, 2012. It will be replaced by the larger 81,769gt, 1968-berth Oosterdam.

On the Waterfront: Representative of Seabourn sisters calls on trip round the world

On the Waterfront: Representative of Seabourn sisters calls on trip round the world

After an absence of almost five years, the Seabourn Cruise Line returned to Otago yesterday in the shape of Seabourn Sojourn.