‘No boat, no panic,’ says CITC

Wednesday December 18, 2019 Written by Published in Local
The Port Authority tug boat Toa is out of action till January, adding to the difficulty of getting cargo ships into Avatiu harbour. 19121729 The Port Authority tug boat Toa is out of action till January, adding to the difficulty of getting cargo ships into Avatiu harbour. 19121729

Chicken quarters run out, but still lots of ice cream.

There is no need to panic or worry about delays in getting pre-Christmas food supplies landed on Rarotonga says Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC).

Last night the cargo vessel Olomana was still sheltering off Arorangi. The vessel has not been able to enter Avatiu Harbour and Matson South Pacific agent Excil Shipping says strong winds are to blame.

CITC general manager Gaye Whitta said company’s Christmas stock had arrived on the last ship to call at Rarotonga. But in the meantime, due to the delay in the arrival of Olomana and the large number of events that have happened in December they had run out of chicken leg quarters.

However, she said they still have plenty of Tegel whole chickens’ size 10. 

“Our stocks are low on the ice cream 16 litre, but we have lots of the two-litre ice cream. There is no need for our customers to panic, the island will not run out of food,” she said.

Whitta said ships were scheduled to arrive every two weeks and orders were in place for the next two months, set to arrive not just on the Olomana but also the Imua.

With the harbour master predicting the vessel could berth tomorrow or Friday, Whitta said the CITC team were on stand-by and ready to sort the chicken containers as soon as they were delivered.

With the tug boat also out of action, Whitta said the entrance to the harbour needed to be very calm to allow the cargo vessel to enter, otherwise the harbour master will not allow the ship to enter for safety reasons.

The Ports Authority tug boat has been out of action due to mechanical issues since the engine was damaged while it was helping to rescue a fishing boat stranded on the reef in Arorangi. 

The Toa is likely to be out of action until January. 

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