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Port's new tug boat The Maki all set for journey from China

The first of two identical new tug boats for Eastland Port has passed her tests and is all set to go on the journey from China to Tairāwhiti.

The Maki (pictured above) will depart in the middle of this month and a port spokesperson said the tug should arrive here sometime in early May.

“Meanwhile Maki’s twin, Ika Nui, is being fitted out and will undertake some tests in the coming weeks. She will depart roughly a month after Maki does and we should expect her to arrive in June.”

The Maki tug boat. Picture supplied