Moana Roa-HMNZS Monowai

22nd March 2006, 23:47
I know this is not strictly speaking a Union Co vessel, but have placed this query here as I felt it would be mainly Kiwi viewers looking who most likely be able to answer this one.

This vessel has slipped off my radar screen and i would love to know what eventually happened to her.

Appreciate any help.

Rgds/Mike Cornwall

Dave Edge
23rd March 2006, 08:52
2002 sold to Spanish breakers and reported 2003 to be lying at El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz.

26th March 2006, 01:07
Hi Dave,

Thanks very much for your reply.

What on earth was she doing in the UK, did she see any service anywhere after leaving NZ.


Dave Edge
26th March 2006, 21:12
I seem to recall she was bought with the intention of converting her into a small cruise ship but the task proved more difficult than expected and wasn't proceeded with. As far as I know she didn't enter commercial service again.

26th March 2006, 23:49
Hi Mike,
Re Monowai.
She was built in 1960 as the Moana Roa by Grangemouth Dockyard Company Ltd for trading to the Pacific Islands.
She was 2753 GRT 90.38 loa 14.1 Breadth 5.2 Depth
Powered by Twin 7 Cylinder Clark Sultzer Diesels giving a service speed of 13.5 Knts

1977 Was converted by Scott Lithgrow Drydocks Ltd of Glasgow to a Hydrographic Research and Survey Vessel and owned by the Royal New Zealand Naval Hydrographic Services.

She had a compliment of 126. (


27th March 2006, 10:44
Details from Commander Larry Robbins RNZN (Retd), the last CO of HMNZS Monowai on

28th March 2006, 00:26
Thanks very much to all who responded to my query.
It is much appreciated.. Plus, as a bonus, I have now got some more shipping sites that I did not know about.