NEW FISHERIES PATROL BOAT
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.