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Interislander vessel visits for wet docking work

Posted on 10/10/2014

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Interislander ferry the Kaitaki was in Port for eight days in August for internal and external paint work and refurbishment of some of the passenger accommodation on the vessel.

Local company Diverse Engineering were project managers for work undertaken during the visit.

Port Nelson hosted the Arahura for a similar project in 2010 and Port Nelson’s Marine Operations Manager Dave Duncan says he hopes to see other vessels coming to the port for ‘wet docking’ work in the future.

“The settled and reliable weather here in Nelson is a real advantage for visiting vessels looking to undertake engineering and maintenance work,” says Dave. “We have all the infrastructure that’s needed close at hand and local companies work very efficiently together to get the job done and solve any challenges that arise. I’d like to encourage other shipping companies around New Zealand to look at Port Nelson as a wet docking destination.”

A requirement of the Kaitaki work was that its bow door could go down onto the wharf while repairs were undertaken on the vessel’s bow door roller. Despite Port Nelson’s tidal range the work was carried out successfully.

“The experienced team that we have at the Port is very helpful,” says Dave. “One of the former masters of the Kaitaki, Matthew Conyers, is one of our pilots and he was able to assist with his working knowledge of the vessel.”

Dave himself is a former master of Interislander ferry the Aratere and was part of the crew that delivered the Kaitaki to New Zealand.

“We look forward to welcoming Interislander ferries to the Port in the future. It’s great to see these iconic vessels coming through the Cut.”

(Photo credit: Michael Burt)