Toa is ready to return to service

Tuesday January 21, 2020 Written by Published in Local
The tugboat Toa on a trailer at Avatiu harbour yesterday. 20012023 The tugboat Toa on a trailer at Avatiu harbour yesterday. 20012023

Rarotonga’s only tug boat , the Toa, undertook successful sea trials last week in the final step to returning to service.

 

Toa is now being prepared to resume assisting cargo ships and fuel tankers docking at Avatiu harbor.

The tug boat broke down last year in September during attempts to rescue a fishing boat from the reef in Rutaki.

Toa is presently at the Avatiu port, and will be put at sea when weather conditions are calmer.

Engineer Grant Buchanan from Express Diesel Ltd New Zealand who worked on the overhaul of the boat’s engine, left the country on Sunday.

Public tenders for the delivery of a new aluminum tugboat closed on October 23 2019; a successful bidder should be named soon.

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