MV Imua lands in Rarotonga. Photo: MELINA ETCHES/22081006
After seven days waiting out at sea for favourable weather conditions, MV Imua managed to berth at Avatiu Port yesterday morning to unload containers of cargo including frozen potato chips that Rarotonga had run out of.
Restaurants and fast-food outlets on the island have been hit by a shortage of frozen potato chips because of “unfavourable weather conditions” delaying the berthing of MV Imua.
is always the main concern,” said Avatiu Ports harbour master John Jessie.
Winds above 20
knots make it unsafe for the ships to enter the Avatiu passage into the harbour
and strong currents add to the difficulty, as well as avoiding any hazards
associated with berthing and unloading containers under high winds.
MV Imua is
expected to depart for the island of Aitutaki this afternoon.