The bow section of Port Otago's new tug, Taiaroa, pictured
in the Damen Group shipyard in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo
Port Otago's new $11 million tug is on track to be
launched this month in Vietnam for fitting out and sea trials,
and is expected to be delivered and ready for service on
Dunedin's harbour in August.
The tug, being built in Da Nang in Vietnam by
Netherlands-based Damen Group, is part of up to $100 million
in long-term infrastructure spending by the Otago Regional
Council 100%-owned Port Otago.
Port Otago's chief pilot, Captain Hugh Marshall, said the
construction had been straightforward, and other then
specifying LED lighting, Taiaroa was a ''standard
production''. It is the 63rd of its type built.
In recent weeks, the port company took delivery of two
Finnish Kalmar straddle cranes, worth about $2.5 million,
which are diesel/electric powered and can carry a container
over a three-high stack.
Most of the infrastructure spending is aligned to Port
Otago's channel-deepening ''new generation'' project, of
which the start date is still to be finalised. Taiaroa
will join Port Otago's other tug, Otago, which was
delivered from a Whangarei yard about 10 years ago, for $8.5
Port Otago's other two Dunedin-built tugs, the 40-year-old
Rangi and 39-year-old Karetai, are to be put up
for sale soon.
The two-crew 250-tonne Taiaroa is slightly larger than
Otago at 24m long by 11.5m wide and has a bollard-pull
of 68 tonnes, as opposed to Otago's 56-tonne pull.