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Niue search vessel trialled in Lyttelton
8:50 pm GMT+12, 11/09/2017, New Zealand

Niue's new Christchurch-built search and rescue vessel is undergoing sea trials on Lyttelton Harbour.
 
New Zealand is providing the $367,000 (US$255,000) 8.3-metre Icon vessel as part of the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme.
 
The three-year, $8.13 million (US$5.8) programme is aimed at maritime safety activities in the region, with a focus on Niue, Tokelau, Kiribati, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Tuvalu.
 
Maritime NZ says the vessel will give Niue the ability for the first time to respond immediately to search and rescue incidents.
 
Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee will attend the sea trials on Tuesday, along with the two countries' respective high commissioners and representatives from Maritime NZ and Coastguard NZ.
 
The vessel's official handover is scheduled to be in Niue on October 18 as part of that country's constitution celebrations.
 
Apart from the vessel, Maritime NZ says other plans in Niue include a public education programme, providing equipment for fishermen and working with the government on maritime safety regulations....


SOURCE: NZN/PACNEWS


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