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Union Rotoiti

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Union Rotoiti seen in Auckland in the 80's, one of two sisters built in Australia for Union Steamship Company. The other being Union Rotorua.
Although built in the age of containers, they were designed to carry a 14ft 6in cargo unit called a seafreighter.
Unlike modern RoRo vessels these ships had

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Built by B.H.P. Shipbuilding and Engineering Works, Whyalla, South Australia, Launched Nov. 1976. Originally with gas turbine-electric propulsion. In 1986 turbines and electric motors removed and converted to single Wartsila diesel. I do recall in 1999 reading that Rotoiti lost engine power in Tasman Sea during bad weather due to fuel starvation resulting from contaminated fuel supply continually blocking the engine fuel filters. Great work by Chief Engineer saved the day I recall. Cheers.

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That's correct. The ch eng phoned Kasper W. in Melbourne after midnight when this all happened and although Kasper no longer worked for USSCO at that time, then he guided him through all the problems and succeeded to avoid the matter becoming front paper news the next day.
Kasper was responsible for the gas turbine installation on both ships in Whyalla at the time.
p.s. I went on board together with Kasper on the final day she sailed from Melbourne to the breakers.

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