Tight space at wharf calls for skilful manoeuvre…

Tuesday April 10, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Crew members on the Layar Mas (left) watch closely as the cargo vessel eases into a tight space in front of the Tiare Taporo on Saturday. 18040908 Crew members on the Layar Mas (left) watch closely as the cargo vessel eases into a tight space in front of the Tiare Taporo on Saturday. 18040908

There were a few anxious moments at Avatiu wharf on Saturday morning as the General Transport cargo vessel Layar Mas 291 had to squeeze in front of the Tiare Taporo to take on fuel.

Crew members from both vessels kept a close eye on the tricky manoeuvre, which was skilfully handled by the crew of the Layar Mas.

Meanwhile, the Tiare Taporo left Avatiu at 4.30pm on Sunday, on its first voyage to the northern islands in more than two years.

The long-promised voyage follows months of court action and repeated promises from the ship’s operators, the debt-laden Pacific Schooners Ltd, that they would resume service no later than March this year.

Ports Authority chief executive Nooroa (Bim) Tou said the controversial vessel would first call at Aitutaki before travelling north.

The Tiare Taporo lay idle at the wharf from around August 2016 until earlier this year, when it made a short foray out of the harbour to prove to the Ports Authority that it could be taken out to sea under its own power.  

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