Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
It has been several years since four ships have been
berthed at the same time in Dunedin's upper harbour.
They are (from left) Maple Fortitude, berthed beside T/U
sheds and headed for Napier next, Astrid, berthed at the lpg
terminal and next headed to New Plymouth, Torea, at the oil
jetty, going to Marsden Point refinery, and Benete Bay, at
Leith wharf for logs then making for PrimePort Timaru.
The ships were due to have departed by 5pm yesterday, all
requiring separate pilots from Port Otago to beyond the heads
and all but Astrid requiring one or two tugs. A combination
of tug availability and tidal restrictions meant their
respective departures were staggered from about 1pm to 5pm.
Their departures were followed by the cruise ship Voyager of
the Seas, which was due to leave Port Chalmers about 6pm for