Regional Council officially welcomed the newest member of their fleet today. The new vessel, named Moko, was blessed this morning by Reon Tuanau at a special ceremony held outside the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club.
Bay of Plenty Harbourmaster Peter Buell said that the name of the new boat acknowledges the dolphin that frequented Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour as well as all marine taonga.
“It’s going to be great having such a versatile vessel available for patrol on Tauranga Harbour this summer. Its low and soft sides make it easier to approach other vessels and for our scientists the layout is an great platform to work from. It’s also extremely light to tow, efficient to run and can be used by one person in stable weather conditions” he says.
Mr Buell also said that its surveyed to carry up to eight people and will be useful in emergency situations as it has the capacity to tow other boats.
Moko will be based in Tauranga but will serve the wider Bay of Plenty region as required.
“You’ll see her out and about this summer helping the maritime team keep people safe on the water,” Mr Buell said.
Regional Council’s Long Term Plan commits the maritime team to ensuring 24/7 navigation safety and maritime oil spill response is provided in the Bay of Plenty region. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s goal is to ensure that all harbour, lake and river users operate safely and in harmony with one another and the environment, to ensure the region’s waters are available for all to enjoy.