Maersk evaluating Timaru port for future giant ship berths
The world’s largest shipping and logistics company looks set to drop its anchors in Timaru following a visit from the largest ship ever to berth at the port. The town’s port would definitely see more ships like the massive Rio de Janeiro, which berthed here on May 26, if that trial run proves successful, Maersk says. Maersk Oceania area product manager Greg Paradine said it had recently customised its services to accommodate New Zealand ports such as Tauranga, Napier, Lyttelton and Port Chalmers. Timaru could be next on that list after the Rio de Janeiro’s stop over late last month, he said.
Fishing Boat Fire Closes Port for Days
Five days after a fire broke out aboard the fishing vessel Dong Won 701 at the port of Timaru, South Canterbury, responders are still working to extinguish the last of the flames. The Korean-owned Dong Won caught fire at a pier in Timaru on Monday night. All 60 crewmembers on board managed to escape the vessel safely, though several instances of smoke inhalation were reported. As of Tuesday, burning nets and fuel continued to hamper firefighting efforts, and rather than risk impairing the vessel's stability by flooding her with firefighting water, responders opted to let the blaze burn itself out while providing boundary cooling of the hull. One of the harbor's two tugs assisted this effort with its firefighting monitor.
Dredging ship Pelican returns to Timaru to repair port's entrance channel
The Pelican Dredge ship is back working at the Timaru Port after leaving to be scrapped. A dredge ship destined to be scrapped has returned to Timaru to repair the ports entrance channel after July's big storm. The Pelican, which operates an ocean vacuum that sucks up sand and sediment, has been operating in the Timaru port for almost 30 years. The ship had returned from Tauranga following damage caused by the storm that forced Timaru into a state of emergency in July. https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/95639367/dredging-ship-pelican-returns-to-timaru-to-repair-ports-entrance-channelUpload News