Awanuia fuelled up
A 3900-tonne fuel tanker seems an unlikely candidate for a godmother, but the recently named Awanuia got well wishes from a special lady.
Moana Tamaariki-Pohe broke the traditional bottle of bubbles on the boat’s hull at the naming ceremony early this month at the port of Auckland.
A Ngati Whatua o Orakei representative, she was put forward to be the ship’s godmother after Ports of Auckland approached the iwi looking for someone to fill the position.
“For me, it’s about wishing it well,” she says.
The iwi blessed the ship in advance of the ceremony which Ms TamaarikiPohe says was the most important part. She got a tour of the tanker and her nine-year-old son was excited to be first on board the vessel.
The watersports enthusiast is the president of Orakei Water Sports, a member of the Auckland City Council CBD Board, a trustee of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board, co-founder of the Orakei Water Sports Society and co-founder of Kaitiaki En- terprises, providing cultural and historic tours by waka on the Waitemata Harbour.
The ship, brought to Auckland by Seafuels, a joint venture company between Ports of Auckland and Pacific Basin Shipping, is named after the shell Awanuia porcellana found north of Auckland.
It was built in Turkey and sailed back to New Zealand by captain John Skrine and his crew.
Awanuia will provide a new refuelling service for cruise ships and commercial vessels calling at the port of Auckland.
Seafuels chairman Jens Madsen says refuelling is essential for many visiting ships and will benefit the Auckland economy.
“Offering refuelling services in Auckland is vital to retaining and growing the numbers of calls from international cargo and cruise ships.”
Mr Madsen says most cruise ships only carried two weeks’ worth of fuel, so the ability to offer refuelling services in Auckland is essential.
The Seafuels tanker replaces the single-hulled Tolema barge, which will be retired.
Well wishes: Moana Tamaariki-Pohe smashes champagne on the Awanuia’s hull in its naming ceremony.