Bad weather keeps several ships waiting offshore

Friday December 20, 2019 Written by Published in Weather
The gas ship Biringia Swan and the cable-laying vessel Reliance pictured off Arorangi yesterday morning.19121901 / CAMERON SCOTT The gas ship Biringia Swan and the cable-laying vessel Reliance pictured off Arorangi yesterday morning.19121901 / CAMERON SCOTT

Strong winds and rough seas continue to prevent the cargo ship Olomana from berthing at Avatiu.

 

The bad weather also kept the gas ship Biringia Swan and the cable-laying vessel Reliance out to sea off Arorangi yesterday.

And the bad weather also caused the cancellation of cruise ships that were to arrive in Rarotonga yesterday and today.

Tourism Cook Islands Director of Destination Development, Metua Vaiimene, described the weather conditions as “not favourable for ships at the moment.”

Vaiimene said the visit by Costa Atlantica which was scheduled for Friday of last week, had been cancelled due to the weather conditions and today’s rescheduled stopover had also been cancelled.  

The AIDAaura that was to have called at Avatiu yesterday turned away due to the weather conditions.

Vaiimene said the weather made it unsafe for passengers to disembark in Rarotonga.

“The cruise industry remains a small but important part of the tourism industry, but is entirely dependent on the weather conditions at the port on the day,” he said.

He added that the industry is used to the situation and prepares as much as possible with contingencies for a cancellation. 

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