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New Manawanui bound for home port

Norway’s Østensjø Rederi has outfitted the offshore support vessel (OSV) MV Edda Fonn, getting it ready for the delivery to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).

Once in Auckland, Edda Fonn will be re-named HMNZS Manawanui. Her home port will be Gisborne.

The converted diving and hydrographic support vessel has started her journey from Norway to Auckland, New Zealand, says a release from Østensjø Rederi.

To meet RNZN’s needs for rebuilding and adaptations of Edda Fonn, Østensjø Rederi offered them a “turnkey” solution with a rebuilt vessel.

The vessel has spent recent weeks being rebuilt in Frederikshavn, Denmark. She is now outfitted with dive, ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and hydrographic systems. Her bright colours have been replaced with the Navy’s ?grey paint.

“During the next weeks, 12 New Zealanders and our crew of 13 will cross many oceans and cover 12,105 nautical miles, before reaching their destination in Auckland,” the release said.

The vessel will be used for military and Coast Guard functions. She may also be used to carry out crane, diving and ROV operations, assisting Pacific nations with rescue operations or handling natural disasters.