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A ship has lost power, leaving it stranded in the Port of Tauranga shipping channel.

The Singaporean-registered log carrier, Funing-9690913, was departing the port bound for China when it lost power around 12.30am on Monday.

Crew dropped anchors and the ship is holding position between Mauao and Matakana Island, Maritime NZ said in a statement.Two tugs are with the vessel and providing support to the ship that appears to be on the edge of the shipping channel, which has a sandy seabed at that point.

Tauranga port authorities have set up a response centre to manage the event and Maritime NZ has established a team to provide coordination and support.


I bet the crew forgot to open the raw water inlet, and the engine overheated just after leaving berth, it's hard to get good help these days...I mean, what could go wrong, Tauranga has never had a massive clusterfuck cause a foreign ship's crew were on the piss instead of paying attention... Only a matter of time before something happens in the Rangi channel.

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Personally I would like to see it towed out of the environment...

That fair led has some rough edges on it. No wonder the rope broke, its going to get chaffed through in moments on that... And just look at all that valuable raw material getting shipped off shor

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Sounds like good work was done by the vessel and tugs to stop it going aground. 

Next problem is to fix the propulsion.  Can they do that at sea, or will they need to tow it back into the harbour?


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11 minutes ago, Fish said:

I wonder if any cardboard, or cardboard derivatives were used in the construction of this ship's engine?

Certainly seems possible.

I guess we should just be greatful the front hasn't fallen off..

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