The territory of Tokelau has received a new inter-atoll vessel funded through New Zealand Aid.
Fetu o te Moana (“Star of the Sea”) is a 13-metre partly covered aluminium boat with two 328kW engines with jet units delivering a top speed of around 32 knots. It can carry up to 14 passengers and has an adaptable reclining first aid bed for transport of a sick or injured person.
The vessel is designed for use between Tokelau’s atolls but has the fuel capacity to travel to Samoa, weather dependant, if required. It may also be used for emergency response as Tokelau currently has no designated search and rescue vessels.
The NZ$860,000 (US$591,400) vessel has been designed by ICON Custom Boats in Rangiora, with input from Tokelau’s Department of Transport and Support Services.
Fetu o te Moana will undergo an additional 50 hours of sea trials prior to the commencement of operational sailing.