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High Court Sale of 710 dwt Tweendeck Vessel by Public Tender

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DESCRIPTION:710 dwt tweendecker
LENGTH:49.75m (163ft 2in)
BEAM:8.37m (27ft 5in)
DRAFT:3.47m (11ft 4in)
LOCATION:Timaru, New Zealand
BROKER:Geoff Fraser
PRICE:High Court Sale. Tenders close 27 October 2017 NZDST

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On instructions from the High Court in Christchurch, New Zealand this vessel is now offered for sale by Public Tender.  The seller retains the right to sell the vessel prior to the close of tenders.  Tenders close on 27th October, 2017 at 1600 NZDST.  

Builder: Nordsovaerftet, Ringkobing, Norway
Year Launched: 1970
LOA: 49.75m
Beam Max: 8.30m
Draft: 3.47m
Cross Register Tonnage: 520 ton
Net Register Tonnage: 241 ton
IMO No: 7022928
Call Sign: ZM2619
MSA No: 126984
Flag: New Zealand
Home Port: Timaru
Service Speed: 9.5 knots
Main Engine: 690 HP


The Rangatira is a geared tween deck general-purpose cargo vessel and features a conventional raked stem and a canoe stern. She has a single main engine driving a single variable pitch propeller.

The bridge and accommodation decks are located aft with a single large hold. She has a crane derrick aft.

The vessel has been set up to handle general cargo and livestock.



The hull, decks and superstructure are welded steel with plating on steel transverse frames, girders, beams, stringers and watertight bulkheads.

The hold and tankage are all integral and part of the hull structure.

The rudder is a single Becker type on a shoe.



The vessel has 2 forecastle areas with access from the foredeck.

The cargo hold has deck access from hatches fore and aft.

The crew accommodation is aft, below the main deck and around the engine room casing. Forward to starboard is the engineer’s cabin with an officer cabin aft of this. There is another officer cabin forward to port.

Aft port and starboard are 2 berth crew cabins. There are laundry and shower facilities between the officer and crew cabins to port with storage areas to starboard. Right aft is the steering flat.

The main deck has access from aft into the accommodation area and has the crew mess aft to port with the galley forward of this. The galley also has access out to the port deck.

Aft to starboard are toilet facilities. Further forward to starboard is the officer’s mess and forward again is the master’s quarters.

From the main deck, aft there is access to the engine room, the lower accommodation area and up to the bridge.

The engine room is on 2 levels and contains most of the machinery and electrical control gear.

The bridge deck has all ship controls and navigation and communication equipment.



The bridge is full width and has access out to the deck each side. The central helm station has the engine and propeller pitch controls along with basic engine instrumentation. The general watch keeping equipment is each side with the navigation and communication area aft to port.

Bridge equipment includes:

1 x Furuno FAP300 Autopilot.

1 x Raytheon R41XX Rasta scan Radar

1 x Furuno FR7061 Marine Radar

1 x Furuno Navigator GPS unit

1 x Koden KGP912 GPS Navigator

1 x Furuno Recording Depth Sounder

2 x Sailor RT 144 C VHF Transceivers

1 x Furuno FS 1562-15 SSB Transceiver

1 x Sailor H2095C Satcom C Terminal.

1 x BHM C-Fax Weather Facsimile

1 x Motorola M800 Cellular Phone

1 x Iridium Global Phone

1 x T-125 Magnetic Compass

1 x Philips LCD PC screen with HP Pavilion desk top PC & Canon IP300 Printer

Other equipment includes:

Stereo system, Clock and Barometer, Barograph, 2 x Hand-held VHF radios, rudder angle indicator.



The vessel is propelled by a single Callesen 427 FOT 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which develops approx. 690 hp at 425 rpm. The engine is rigidly mounted and drives through a hydraulic gearbox to a variable pitch propeller.

The engine is air started and is fitted with a belt driven generator at the front end.

The air compressors are electrically operated with back up compressor in the forecastle

The engine room also includes a variety of electric pumps, compressors, Oil reservoirs and filters and electrical control gear.

There are five fuel tanks and two-day tanks with a total capacity of 93,160 litres.  Fuel consumption is 1800 l per day at sea

The vessel has a service speed of 10 knots

There is 25,900 litres of fresh water carried in 3 tanks. No desalination plant is fitted.

Instrumentation is also provided for all engines including alarms.

The engine room is fitted with a fixed Halon flooding fire-extinguishing system.

The rudder room at the aft end of the engine room has the hydraulic steering rams, rudder indicators and the autopilot relay.



The belt driven generator on the main engine is a Marelli with 40 kva output.

Auxiliary generator is a John Deere powered Northern light generator with 60 Kva output.

There is a separate Scandia air-cooled 48 kva generator unit in the forecastle.

The primary electrical DC system is 24volt but a 12volt supply is also provided. AC battery chargers are provided for both DC systems.

The AC service is 380volt and is supplied from the onboard generators. The vessel is also set up with 240 / 400volt AC from a shore side supply.

The primary electrical distribution panels are located in the engine room, with some individual circuits controlled from the bridge.



The single hold has a tweendeck with steel beams and removable timber decking. It has been set up for general cargo as is, and can also be penned up for livestock transportation.

The hatch dimensions are 24.60 x 6.00 meters with a total hold capacity of 1159 m3.



On the foredeck is a single anchor winch with twin chain gipsy’s and capstans. They are set up with 2 chain anchor rodes and stockless anchor. There are several bollards, and fairleads. There is a single mast on the foredeck for navigation lights. This mast also previously had a crane derrick but it has been removed.

The main hold has pontoon type hatch covers with aluminium cover boards and portable beams. The hatch is sealed with tarpaulins and wedges driven into securing cleats.

There is a derrick at the aft end of the main hatch that is set up with lifting gear. This is all controlled with hydraulic endless winches on the deck around the base of this derrick.

The aft main deck is set up with fairleads and bollards.

The bridge deck has 2 small hand operated gear cranes.



The vessel was operated under MNZ SSM and was equipped as required. Specific equipment includes;

1 x 10 man DSB Solas B Life Raft

1 x 8 man Viking Solas A life raft

1 x 406 self-release EPIRB

7 x Life buoys, 2 with lights

8 x life jackets

11 x fire extinguishers plus a fixed Halon system in engine room

2 x Fire fighting pumps with 6 hydrants.



The vessel has been built and maintained to Bureau VERITAS 13/3E Cargo Ship Deep Sea Ice 3.

She is also in Safe Ship Management with Maritime New Zealand with certificate No 4635 which expired in November 2015.



The “Rangatira” is a practical handsome vessel but is now really starting to show her age due to the contributing factors of having been worked hard over its life and having been laid up for approximately two years without any maintenance been undertaken.

There is a considerable amount of rust and wasting around the vessel including her deck areas and its fittings, some of the hatch components, bulwarks and stairs

The hold has also suffered from water ingress contributing to considerable amount of corrosion particularly on the margin plates on the tween deck, tank tops and some of the framing.  There is also heavy panting in the shell plating on the port bow and the port quarter areas.

While there is considerable remedial works to be undertaken to address the issues highlighted above, there are other areas of the vessel that are still in reasonable condition, namely the mechanical spaces, accommodation and the bridge.

Most of the equipment on board appears to be original.

We have been advised that she would be accepted back into NZ Safe Ship Management if all the work was carried out.  We have also been advised that two years ago, estimates for the work required totaled approximately NZ$ 500,000 if the work was done in New Zealand.  It has been suggested that if the work was to be done now, this may well have increased by approximately 50%.


Tenders are to be submitted within the above time frame to SeaBoats NZ as detailed in the tender documents.  The seller retains the right to sell the vessel prior to the close of tenders.

The vessel is lying at the Port of Timaru, New Zealand.  To receive an Invitation to Tender and arrange inspection please contact: 

Geoff Fraser at SeaBoats New Zealand.  

Ph: +64 (3) 337 6253, Fax: +64 (3) 337 6259                                    

Mobile: +64 (21) 61 222 5



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IMPORTANT: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct their agents, or their surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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