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