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Anew in­ter-atoll ves­sel for Tokelau funded through New Zealand Aid will pro­vide safe, re­li­able and cost-ef­fec­tive trans­porta­tion be­tween the coun­try’s three atolls.

The ves­sel, Fetu o te Moana, or Star of the Sea, is a 13m partly cov­ered alu­minium boat with twin 440hp en­gines mated to jet units. It can carry 12-14 pas­sen­gers and has an adapt­able re­clin­ing first aid bed for trans­port of a sick or in­jured per­son. It has a top speed of around 32 knots.

The ves­sel is de­signed for use be­tween Tokelau’s atolls but has the fuel ca­pac­ity to travel to Samoa, weather de­pen­dent, if re­quired.

The ves­sel is equipped with the lat­est safety equip­ment and elec­tron­ics in­clud­ing long range ra­dio which op­er­ates un­der global mar­itime distress and safety sys­tems.

It is be­ing pro­vided through the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade’s Pa­cific Mar­itime Safety Pro­gramme (PMSP), which is de­liv­ered by Mar­itime NZ.

There is cur­rently no des­ig­nated search and res­cue ves­sel to re­spond to an emer­gency in Tokelau. The new ves­sel will be used for emer­gency re­sponse, and trans­porta­tion be­tween the is­lands for com­mu­nity lead­ers, teach­ers, of­fi­cials and other peo­ple as needed.

The $860,000 ves­sel has been de­signed by ICON Cus­tom Boats in Ran­giora, with in­put from the mas­ters of the Mata­liki and Tokelau’s Depart­ment of Trans­port and Sup­port Ser­vices.

Di­rec­tor of Mar­itime NZ, Keith Manch, says a crit­i­cal part of the project en­sur­ing the ves­sel is es­tab­lished safely and PMSP would de­liver a train­ing, equip­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­gramme which would run over the next two years.

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