The Straits­man set to do the Pic­ton run

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Blue­bridge showed off its lat­est ferry, the Straits­man, on De­cem­ber 11.

En­try was by gold coin do­na­tion to Welling­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. The five-year-old ship pre­vi­ously did ser­vice in Den­mark.

Strait Ship­ping man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sh­eryl El­li­son said the Straits­man of­fered sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased ca­pac­ity for freight, pas­sen­gers and ve­hi­cles.

‘‘This ship is the per­fect mix of space and sus­tain­abil­ity. It will pro­vide us with 50 per cent in­creased freight and ve­hi­cle ca­pac­ity, and space for a third more pas­sen­gers than the ves­sel it re­places – while burn­ing sig­nif­i­cantly less fuel,’’ she said.

The Straits­man, built in The Nether­lands in 2005, has a range of green fea­tures in­clud­ing its fuel ef­fi­ciency, use of oth­er­wise waste heat for heat­ing wa­ter and pas­sen­ger ar­eas, and an al­ler­gen-free pas­sen­ger zone.

It ac­com­mo­dates 400 pas­sen­gers in cabins and re­clin­ing seat­ing.

Big screens will be in­stalled to show free films.

The ves­sel is equipped with high-tech nav­i­ga­tion aids, sta­bilis­ers, two pow­er­ful bow thrusters and in-line high-lift flap rud­ders to en­sure ef­fi­cient ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

Come aboard: John Bar­nett, 4, of Ti­tahi Bay on the Straits­man’s crew gang­way.

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