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Many thanks to Jan van der Doe for sending along these workboat photos from various places in the English-speaking southern hemisphere.  As of the moment, Agros, 85′ x 30′, and built in 2009 in Sibu, in Sarawak state, Malaysia, is at the dock in Cairns, AU. The shipyard in Sibu is called Rajang Maju Shipbuilding.   

I just figured out Agros is alongside Trinity Bay, a Sea Swift cargo vessel. 

Gulf Explorer is also currently in Cairns.  The 1971  82′ x 26′ tugboat was launched in Carrington, NSW, AU.  

Storm Cove, currently in Brisbane, is 95′ x 30′ and was launched from the same Carrington AU shipyard in 1971.  She was formerly also known as Shell Cove.

Monowai , currently at the dock in Picton NZ,  is 98′ x 30′ and was launched in 1973 by Oceania Marine in Whangarei NZ. Whangarei is on the north island, and Picton, the south.

Pacific Runner, shown here on the Tamar River in Tasmania, is 211′ x 49′.  She was built in 2003 by Pan United Shipping in Singapore.  She’s currently flagged China and known as Luo Tong 7002 anchored in the greater mouth of the Yangtze. 

Have any readers experience to share traveling in Singapore?  The country/city state has awakened my curiosity.

This photo was taken in New Zealand.

Swiber Torunn, shown here in New Zealand, is a 194′ x 46′ offshore supply vessel built in 2008 in Guangzhou, CH.  She currently is registered in Mexico and is sailing along the south coast of Jamaica this morning.

Taiaroa, 79′ x 36′, was built in 2014 by Damen in Gorinchem NL and currently sailing under the flag of New Zealand.    Are those sheep on the hillside?

Tarcoola, Australian flagged and 92′ x 32′, was built in 2004 by the Batam Indonesia shipyard Nanindah Mutiara in the Riau Islands, right across the Singapore Strait from Singapore.  

Here Tarcoola is working in tandem with Wajarri, a twin. Both currently work out of Cairns.



Warrender, 220′ x 46′, actually might be called Toll Warrender and previously known as Riverside Cloud and Gulf Cloud, was built in Auckland NZ, 1995. As of this writing, she’s in Cairns, having just completed a cargo run from the northern tip of Cape York, AU.  Anyone ever been there?  I’d love to hear from you if you have. 

All photos come thanks to Jan van der Doe.

Given my inquiry about Singapore and Cape York, you might correctly surmise that spring has me suffering from wanderlust. I’m actually departing soon on a gallivant . . ..  Robots may or may not continue to post while I’m away.  Let’s see how reliable robots are.  Loyal!?  What’s that to a robot?


It’s freezing in the sixth boro, so let’s go somewhere warm.


With temperatures comfortable for summer,

I’ll bet the engine room of the 1907 steamer Lyttleton would feel great.  Book your tickets here, but first book your air tickets wherever you get the best deal.

Slightly newer, the 1960 Pacific Way continues to be active.  Previously she was known as Southern Alpha and Mount Mounganui.  Since it’s the valentines’ day today, read the heartbreak story of Mount Mounganui here.

Kurutai , like Pacific Way above, is a New Zealand built tug, from 1991.  Lyttleton, on the other hand, was built on the river Clyde in Scotland.

Kurutai is the Maori way for “salty,” which it is. 

Monowai dates from 1970, and it has a certain European boat of the era, though also built in New Zealand.  From my limited sample, it appears that a lot of NZ boats carry Maori names,  like this one meaning “channel full of water.”  On the other hand, someone from New Zealand might remark  something similar after seeing North American boat names like Cheyenne, Cree, Chi-Cheemaun, and Nukumi.

Kupe, a VSP vessel from 1971, has very similar dimensions to Monowai.    Kupe the person is believed to have established an Oceania culture on New Zealand. 

Otago is a 2003 product of NZ shipyards.    Otago refers to a region on the south island of NZ.

Ngahue was launched in 1977, and Toia, 1970.  Ngahue was a contemporary canoe navigator of Kupe,and Toia means “pull” in Maori.     These two VSP boats have been sold to Dubai interests and are replaced by Tapuhi “to nurse” and Tiaki  “to protect” , newer and more than twice as powerful. Ngahue (Delta 300?) is now working the Iranian port of Bandar Bushehr.

Many thanks to Trevor Powell for these photos that come via Jan van der Doe.

More Oceania tugboats to come.

And since it is Ballantine’s day, you have to read this advice blog from my friend Lou.

And if you’re in a reading mood, check this one out by a Bayonne guy.

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