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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Superb New Ship Bound for New Zealand

Superb New Ship Bound for New Zealand - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings today joined with Ron Devine from Richardson Devine Marine to inspect the company?s superb new 32 metre vessel which is set to begin operation with New Zealand?s biggest tourism operator.

?The Patea Explorer is a great example of the high quality ships being built by our world class ship building industry?, Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said today.

?The vessel will leave for New Zealand this week where it will be officially greeted by the Minister for Tourism for New Zealand and other government dignitaries.

?The Patea Explorer can accommodate a maximum of 175 people in complete comfort and will cruise at a speed of around 25 knots.

?This vessel has three viewing decks, a bar and will operate in Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park which has world heritage status.

?The Patea Explorer will operate for New Zealand?s biggest tourism company Fiordland Travel, a company which runs a variety of tours, and owns boats, coaches and planes.

Ron Devine from Richardson Devine said he was delighted with the finished product.

?This vessel handles superbly and we have been delighted with the sea trials.

?We are very pleased to have been able to create a good relationship with Fiordland Travel throughout the project.

?This vessel represents a huge breakthrough for us and bodes well for the future,? Mr Devine said.


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