NEW FISH­ERIES PA­TROL BOAT

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Paired nav­i­ga­tion sta­tions, su­pe­rior track­ing tech­nol­ogy, sus­pen­sion seats and a head are fea­tures of a new pa­trol ves­sel that's been wel­comed by fish­eries of­fi­cers in Marl­bor­ough, New Zealand.

The 6.8m cus­tom-built ves­sel is a Wave­break rigid in­flat­able pow­ered by new twin 150hp Mercury Seapro out­boards. It was man­u­fac­tured in Nel­son by GP En­gi­neer­ing.

MPI spokesman Howard Reid said staff are thrilled with the new ad­di­tion.

“It's fair to say the old one had had its day. It got a bit of a trash­ing over the years. This is a large area to cover by any­one's stan­dards. We pa­trol right through­out the Marl­bor­ough Sounds and the north-east coast of the South Is­land,” he said.

“Hav­ing a top class pa­trol ves­sel like this is great. She's faster than the old one, ca­pa­ble of speeds of over 40kt and is built to han­dle the rough seas of the area. Ba­si­cally, any weather con­di­tions that fish­ers are out in, will be con­di­tions that we'll be able to han­dle as well. The sus­pen­sion seats will help re­duce the im­pact of the sea.”

The ves­sel has been named Ara­paoa.

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