20/11/2013 - Industry insights
As you may know, Z owns a quarter share of the coastal vessel, Kakariki that is used to deliver fuel from Refining NZ to the coastal ports around New Zealand. The Kakariki has just travelled to China for what is effectively the ship’s 15 year ‘warrant of fitness’ (called a “survey” in maritime speak). For this survey, the Kakariki will be lifted out of the water completely and will receive a thorough inspection, inside and out.
The survey provides us with an opportunity to perform all the maintenance required while the ship is ‘gas free’. Plenty of good New Zealand mussels will be scraped off her hull (seriously) though apparently none of the crew have volunteered to eat them.
What does this mean for you? Put simply, nothing. We’ve had 15 years to plan for the survey, so we’ve been able to organise extra import cargoes, meaning our customers aren’t affected; we’ll continue to deliver the same reliable service.
The Kakariki will begin at the Zhoushan anchorage, which is on the east coast of China near Shanghai, and will go through gas free testing and usual arrival clearances, before proceeding to the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) shipyard on Liuheng Island for further work.
The hull work will take about a week to complete, the ship will then return to a layby berth to finish the remaining works. We expect the ship to be ready to sail from the dock around 21-23 November.
Why China? None of the dry dock facilities in New Zealand and Australia are large enough to take the Kakariki. Once the Kakariki has had its work done, so that it meets the standards of a vessel to continue to operate on the New Zealand coast, it will sail back to New Zealand.
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