The renamed Southern Specific anchored off Port Taranaki has been purchased by New Plymouth Underwater for a variety of marine and rescue offshore providers.
A New Plymouth marine providers firm has purchased a brand new offshore help vessel designed to function in tough situations for longer intervals off the Taranaki coast.
The 24-metre-long, 100-tonne Offshore Specific, soon-to-be renamed Southern Specific, arrived at Port Taranaki in early January after an eight-week journey from Perth through Darwin and Sydney.
It has been anchored up in Breakwater Bay harbour for the previous fortnight because the supply crew underwent Covid-19 managed isolation quarantine procedures on board.
New Plymouth Underwater spokesman Chris Musgrave mentioned the vessel will go to Picton this week to be surveyed earlier than coming again to New Plymouth to start out work.
The corporate is a accomplice in a seven determine funding to purchase the vessel and have it based mostly in New Plymouth for a variety of marine providers work in Taranaki, Musgrave mentioned.
“It has been an extended street to get it right here however it’s a large profit for the marine trade in Taranaki,” he mentioned.
A six-person, New Zealand based-crew, together with skipper and engineer, will man the vessel, which has room for 18 individuals to sleep in a single day.
The vessel would primarily function on day contracts, in addition to being accessible for marine search and rescue operations with Taranaki Coastguard, and Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, in addition to oil spill response with Maritime New Zealand.
“Having the boat right here in New Plymouth will lower prices in not having to rent a overseas boat and crew to do the work,” Musgrave mentioned.
“It is going to additionally imply that using a neighborhood crew we don’t must have the 14-day managed isolation stand down which we’d have with hiring a overseas crew for each job.”
Musgrave mentioned the multi-purpose offshore vessel, in-built Palmerston North by ProFab Engineering, has been based mostly out of Perth for the previous 4 years.
“It has been working between Perth and Darwin, and just lately completed an eight-month surveying contract of the ocean mattress off Papua New Guinea,” he mentioned.
Musgrave mentioned the squat trying vessel had a wave piercing hull and 4 thrusters producing 3200 horse energy, making it extra secure in unpredictable sea situations skilled off the west coast.
“Its nearly sq. form means we will use it in a wider vary of climate.
“We are going to use it to function a remotely operated underwater vessel (ROV) from, in addition to a dive help platform, and sea mattress surveying,” he mentioned.
It’s outfitted with two decompression chambers, and has a high pace of 26 knots.