|The Public has Voted Tapuhi|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 00:00|
The Public Has voted - Tapuhi
CentrePort Wellington is pleased to announce that negotiations are now complete for the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art tug, which is due to arrive in Wellington in May 2013.
The public were called upon to vote on their preferred name with Tapuhi (meaning in Maori ‘to nurse or care for’) being a clear favourite.
The new, powerful, fuel efficient tug, capable of pulling 68 tonnes, will partner CentrePort’s modern tug Tiaki, to help “future proof” the company, and ensure the region can continue to welcome record numbers of cargo and cruise vessels.
Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said the acquisition of a new tug was a significant capital investment that demonstrated the Board’s confidence in the company’s performance and its plans for further growth, through its diversification strategy.
“Last year, our tugs assisted more than 1,300 ship movements in Wellington Harbour, and this is growing. This new tug, which will be the same size as our newer tug Tiaki, will be able to increase our capacity, and will have positive flow-on benefits for our customers and the people of the region through more cargo freight and tourists on cruise ships.