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Port of Tauranga Handles Special Cargo

22 April 2013

Port of Tauranga Handles Special Cargo

A very special cargo was transhipped at the Port of Tauranga’s container terminal this weekend in the form of the Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) America’s cup contender “Aotearoa”.

The catamaran and it’s “wings” were transhipped from Ports of Auckland on the Maersk Jubail and reloaded on to the Pescara which is carrying this delicate shipment to Oakland in San Francisco Bay.

Despite the bad weather conditions careful planning and strong communication between the teams from Tauranga Container Terminal, Independent Stevedoring, C3, Emirates Team New Zealand and New Zealand Cranes ensured the transhipment operation was flawless.

Over a period of three weekends, more than 70 40 foot containers will be shipped to San Francisco, including a two 12-metre chase boats, a 14-metre catamaran tender, a hydraulic travel lift, two 40-metre-long wing sails and, of course, the AC72 catamaran.

The floating campaign is expected to be up and running by 23 May, allowing ETNZ five weeks testing and practice in the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay.

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