All going well, the ship should be docking in Rarotonga by early July says owner Tapi Taio.
Having departed Denmark in mid-April, Grinna has since spent the past month crossing the Atlantic and by the time she arrives in Rarotonga the vessel will have sailed almost 13,000 nautical miles in total to get here.
Despite insurance difficulties delaying her departure date, Taio says Grinna’s voyage so far has been “very good”.
“First they had the wind in front of them, then as soon as they turned to the Caribbean the wind was behind,” he said.
“That was the idea, to get the trade wind behind and just slide through.”
The delivery voyage hasn’t been cheap however, as Taio estimates the cost at something approaching $300,000 – with more than half of that spent on around 100 tonnes of fuel.
When she arrives, Grinna will face an inspection by the authorities here, as well as a thorough check-up after the rigours of her 13,000-mile journey.
Taio says the crew that will pilot Grinna will also require some extra training, as the ship is “a little bit complicated”.
“This is like you’re driving a 747 against a Bandeirante down there at Air Raro,” he said. “Because it’s a government boat, a German boat, and there’s so many machines on that thing – it’s very complicated.”
Once owned by the German government, the 38-metre-long, dual engine former research vessel can carry more than 280 tonnes of cargo and is equipped with a crane that can lift more than 20 tonnes.
Grinna’s arrival will bring Taio Shipping’s total number of inter-island vessels to three, joining the Maungaroa II and Lady Moana.
Taio has no immediate plans for Grinna’s first Cook Islands voyage, but has said that the vessel may be used in a planned operation to cut up the stricken cargo vessel Moana Nui, which has been stranded on the reef at Nassau since January last year.
Meanwhile, Taio shipping vessel the Lady Moana recently made a successful trip to Suwarrow, dropping off the National Environment Service’s park rangers, as well as a team from Te Ipukarea Society with two tonnes of rat bait aimed at eradicating the island’s rodent population.