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Unusual vessels pay a visit

Posted on 25/03/2014

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Port Nelson has seen some unusual vessels passing across its wharves recently, including a Powercat launch bound for Melbourne where it will enter into service with the Victoria Police Force.

The 19-tonne launch was built by Q-West Boat Builders in Wanganui and has a beam of 5.6m and a height of 5.5m (with its mast hinged down).

A slightly out of the ordinary visitor was the 'Oceanic Discoverer', which berthed at Port Nelson in January for three weeks of maintenance work. The 63m, 2000GT vessel is owned by Coral Princess Cruises and carries a maximum of 72 passengers and 25 crew on luxury itineraries throughout Australia’s ''Top End'' and Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia and New Zealand.

Coral Princess Cruises is widely recognised as one of the leading small ship cruise lines in the world.

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