Tiare Taporo ready to set sail again

Friday June 17, 2016 Written by Published in Local
The rust-streaked Tiare Taporo anchored at the Avatiu wharf earlier this week. Tiare Taporo is ready to sail to the northern islands this week. 16061684 The rust-streaked Tiare Taporo anchored at the Avatiu wharf earlier this week. Tiare Taporo is ready to sail to the northern islands this week. 16061684

TIARE Taporo is ready to sail to the northern islands again after undergoing maintenance at the port of Avatiu.

 

Pacific Schooners company director Garth Broadhead said the maintenance service was an ongoing process and the company always had planned jobs cheduled each time the ship was are in port.

The Canadian built vessel suffered what was described at the time as “minor technical problems” after its arrival at Tongareva (Penryhn) after a gruelling 10-day voyage in stormy weather.

The  technical problems meant the vessel was forced to ram a bank at the end of Omoka wharf before it could stop and allow passengers, some of whom were reported to be ill, to disembark quickly.

The voyage from Rarotonga to Penryhn usually takes around five days, and there were reports of angry passengers threatening to sue Pacific Schooners for the conditions they had been forced to endure en route to Tongareva.

Broadhead said the vessel would resume service next Tuesday bound for Aitutaki and will be away for about 18-20 days. He said the vessel was licensed to carry nine crew and 30 passengers.

- Atasa Bosevakaturaga/CS

 

2 comments

  • Comment Link Jim Donald Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:27 posted by Jim Donald

    It is sad indeed to see the condition of this ship which held such promise for shipping in the Cook Islands where my family's NZ built wooden schooner "Tiare Taporo" plied for nigh on 50 years.
    It's a proud name and one which I wear with pride on my own classic yacht "Tiare Taporo III" which I sailed from NZ to Thailand in 2011 - 2014. She is now in Malaysia.
    It is to be hoped that the "Tiare Taporo"'s owners can bring her back to an acceptable standard but our own experience over many years was that shipping in the Cooks is hardly a profitable exercise and so the ability of the owners to fully refit her is problematic from a financial perspective to say the least.

  • Comment Link Tera Albert Friday, 17 June 2016 21:30 posted by Tera Albert

    Me thinks the Tiare Taporo needs more than a service more of a paint job. Got to be a brave person to travel on this ship.

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