Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New vessel to strengthen Auckland’s harbour protection

4 July 2013

New vessel to strengthen Auckland’s harbour protection

A new multi-purpose vessel was added to Auckland Council’s Harbourmaster fleet after being christened by the Mayoress at the Marine Rescue Centre today.

The vessel has been named JLR in honour of previous Harbourmaster John Lee-Richards (2004 – 2011), who was highly regarded in the maritime industry and sadly passed away last November.

JLR is a multi-role vessel with the primary function to assist in the event of a maritime oil spill incident. It can also perform tasks such as navigational aid maintenance and removing navigational hazards from the harbour. In addition, JLR is equipped to support requests for assistance, for example Rural Fire support for the Hauraki Gulf islands, and the NZ Police dive squad.

Mick Courtnell, Auckland Council Maritime Pollution Response Coordinator says, “Following our involvement in the Rena clean up the team reviewed risks and options for a similar scenario in Auckland. Although we felt comfortable with our fleet we wanted to be even more confident that with the rise in marine activity we had the capacity to respond emergency of that scale without support and the new vessel will strengthen our capacity in this area.”

• Built by Auckland boatbuilders, McMullen & Wing
• 13m long, 3.6m wide, 4m high
• 33 knots max but will be used at 12/14 knots generally
• Deck cargo 6 tonnes
• Is transportable by road
• Crane on board
• Capable of loading and unloading cargo – has a bow door which allows access to load her with vehicles and equipment
• Shallow draft
• Aluminium construction
• Suzuki outboard engines
• Below deck storage – 3 storage holds


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news