World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Orion To Join Search For Overdue Sailing Ship

Orion To Join Search For Overdue Sailing Ship

A Royal New Zealand Airforce Orion will tomorrow (Thursday 6 December) join the search for the overdue sailing ship Alvei which was scheduled to reach New Zealand on 1 December.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched an Alert Phase to find the Alvei, after a concerned relative of an Australian crew member contacted RCCNZ on 29 November.

RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Mike Roberts, said the Orion would depart New Zealand at 7am (NZDT) tomorrow and search an extended area alongside where a specially outfitted Piper Chieftain search aircraft has spent today searching for the ship.

The Orion is fitted with specialist communication, radar, infared and optics equipment and has the ability to remain airborne for up to 14 hours.

Mr Roberts said the Piper aircraft had spent from midday today searching for the Alvei, along the ship’s intended route between Opua (Northland) and Norfolk Island. It had used a combination of visual searching, radar and VHF communications in the search.

He said the piper’s crew would continue searching until around 9.30pm today (NZDT) and then spend the night in Norfolk Island. They would then resume searching tomorrow morning while en route back to New Zealand.

In the meantime, New Zealand maritime radio has been broadcasting two-hourly radio calls in an attempt to make contact with the Alvei. Search and rescue agencies in Australia and New Caledonia are also assisting search efforts and have alerted ships and aircraft in their regions to keep an eye out to for the ship.

The 92 foot steel-hulled sailing ship left Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 13 November with nine people on board. The crew/passengers are believed to be aged between 27 and 66 years of age and are made up of three Americans, four Australians, one Kiwi and one Englishman.

RCCNZ immediately asked maritime radio to broadcast radio calls within New Zealand’s search and rescue region for information. There has been no response from Alvei or sightings reported. Weather conditions have been moderate, with a low pressure system currently to the north of New Zealand. Easterly Winds of 35 to 40 knots with showers are forecast.

Alvei is believed to be fitted with a VHF and HF Radio as well as a distress beacon. The beacon has not been activated.

“The vessel is not known to keep regular scheduled radio communications, but there is enough cause for concern to begin a search to determine her status,” Mr Roberts said.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Haiti: $5 Million To Kick-Start Aid In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew More>>


Not Helen Clark: António Guterres Favourite For Next UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. More>>


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news