Cook Islands General Transport’s barge Taunga Nui is currently in Whangārei, New Zealand undergoing a five-year class survey. SUPPLIED/23061412
The MV Taunga Nui barge is undergoing a five-year class survey in Whangārei, Aotearoa New Zealand and is scheduled to return to Rarotonga towards the end of this month.
Extensive maintenance is being carried out on the Cook
Islands General Transport Ltd (CIGT) vessel while it is on dry dock.
The overhaul and maintenances include shafts and
propellers being removed and inspected, hull inspections throughout the vessel which
involves sand blasting and repainting, the main engines, generators and
gearboxes serviced, and the testing of all the main systems.
Thorough inspections of the Taunga Nui’s navigational
and safety equipment relevant to Lloyd’s register quality assurance are also
Kim Mulholland, CIGT special projects manager, says everything
is going well. “The crew are in good spirits and are looking forward to
returning to the Cook Islands towards the end of June to prepare for their
first voyage to the Pa Enua in mid-July.”
The MV Taunga Nui first arrived to Rarotonga in
November 2020 after a two-week long delivery voyage from Australia.
The barge is 46-metres long, just under 11-metres wide
and can carry roughly about 400-tons of cargo.
Depending on conditions, the vessel can cruise at 10
knots with a maximum speed of 12 knots.
The proposed schedule for the Taunga Nui barge is as
follows: V60 RAR Mid July Manihiki –
Rakahanga - Penrhyn; V61 RAR Mid-August
Palmerston – Pukapuka – Nassau - Palmerston; V62 RAR Late August/Early
September Southern Cooks; V63 RAR Mid-September Palmerston - Aitutaki; V64 RAR End
September Manihiki – Rakahanga - Penrhyn;
V65 RAR Mid October Pukapuka – Nassau - Palmerston; V66 RAR Early November Southern
Cooks; V67 RAR Late November Manihiki – Rakahanga - Penrhyn; V68 RAR Mid
December Southern Cooks.