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Old 2nd August 2005, 12:02
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Union Rotorua & Union Rotoiti

What happened to the Union Rotorua and Union Rotoriti? I remember seeing them both frequently in Sydney in the late 80's. Does anyone have any good photos of them?
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Old 3rd August 2005, 07:32
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I attended several drydockings of both vessels in Newcastle at the time and I have some info available back home (currently holidaying).
I will try to find out more by mid Sept.
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Old 3rd August 2005, 07:53
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Union Rotoiti is still in service on the Tasman as Rotoiti operated by CP Ships formerly ANZDL. Union Rotorua was plugged in to provide power to Auckland a few years back during a power crisis. After the stint as a power station she was withdrawn and sold. She was never reengined as the Rotoiti was. I recall the Union Rotorua was sold to Asian interests and is still in service somewhere.
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Old 3rd August 2005, 07:58
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They certainly were frequent visitors to Oz shores, I seem to think that they were still around into the mid/late 90's..but I may be fooling myself...anyone got more information on when their plug was pulled??.
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Old 5th August 2005, 06:47
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"Rotorua", ex "Union Rotorua", sailed Auckland 13 May 1998 for Indian breakers but put into Singapore where her gas turbines, generators and electrical equipment were removed. She eventually arrived at Alang in tow of "Britoil" on 29 January 1999.
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Old 7th August 2005, 10:41
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ROTOITI can still be seen at Sydney, although her time left in service must be running out.
Last time I saw her at Lyttelton about a year ago, (she doesn't call here anymore) she had a black hull with blue funnel and a black top, with a large white "A" on the blue.
Now registered in Nassau if I remember correctly.
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Old 20th August 2005, 09:53
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The Rotoiti is operated by ANZDL/CP Ships & still calls at Auckland.
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Old 22nd October 2005, 01:08
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In April 2005, CP Ships announced that they were to re-brand all its services under the CP Ships name and retire all the individual brand names by the end of the year. ANZDL was one of these and as a result, ROTOITI was renamed CP ROTOITI at Auckland on 13 August.
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Old 30th November 2005, 09:04
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Check out the photo I have posted of Rotoiti in Sydney 11/11/05 in CP colours.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 05:42
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Union Rotoiti

Hereby a photo which had been hanging on the wall (this particular actual one!!!) in the USSCO building in Melbourne, late 70's and 80's.
Actually this same picture was used in every Union Office in OZ and NZ.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 05:47
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Launched 10th Nov, 1976 in Whyalla.
Note the expensive bottle of bubblies which they crashed against the bow.
A very unique photo indeed.

Copyright photos: Kasper W.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 06:03
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nice photos.did you get a photo of her stern in drydock or showing propellers?i dont have any of the stern out of the water.anyway nice photos
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Old 22nd December 2005, 08:01
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Matt, more photos to follow, also during new construction, but need more time,
meanwhile......

Her sister here, just coming back from completion of sea trials near Whyalla, 29th Sept, 1976.

copyright pictures: Kasper W. (USSCo Whyalla at the time, later stationed in Melbourne also by USSCo)
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Old 22nd December 2005, 08:32
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thats ok no worrys no rush with that..
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Old 22nd December 2005, 09:15
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An interesting fact perhaps not generally known about the UNION ROTORUA is that she went to Singapore after her delivery on 5 October 1976 to have stabilizers fitted. She arrived there on 15 October going into Dock at Jurong Shipyard later the same day. She undocked on 31 October, underwent sea trials and sailed at 0110 on the 1 November. Her return trip was thwarted with problems and she diverted to Brisbane after a oil leak developed in the stern tube/propeller area on the 10 November. She was docked at Brisbane for repairs which lasted a week, after which she sailed for Sydney to take on her first cargo.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 09:17
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yes that is interesting.wonder if her sister ship had them fitted?
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Old 22nd December 2005, 09:21
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Interesting story indeed, as far as I know both had them fitted. I even took photos when we applied the coatings as that was a bit tricky.
Photos....??where are they? Probably at the tip.

I will check whether Kasper still got some, we have to go through his photo albums, so waiting for a rainy day (don't say that should not take long as I live in Melbourne.......thought just rub this in before you come with statements of this kind)
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Old 22nd December 2005, 09:31
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thanks.true hope they are not in a tip.but wellington martime museum still has them the archives.and might have been passed to the new zealand archives now.that was 5 years ago mind you.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 09:48
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i am scanning a small plan that union company put out and the rotoiti.showing were the stabiliser fins are and stuff will be on the site in 5 mins
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Old 22nd December 2005, 10:39
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Drydocking in Newcastle at the State Dockyard (later Forgacs) in 1980.

Photos by courtesy of Kasper W. , at the time resident engineer of USSCo.

On one of the photos you can see that they would have problems drawing the tailshaft for which purpose they hired a barge as a form of extension to the floating dock.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 10:42
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nice photos to..do you ever drydocked the australian trader 1985-1997?who would have photos of her in dry dock.i have lots of her on the water just asking.
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Old 22nd December 2005, 12:01
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No, never attended a drydocking of her. Our company did not supply that vessel.
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Old 28th February 2006, 09:54
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I have just seen the photos..exellent.......how big is the Hangar you store the photos in ? You are a constant source of amazement...Thank you
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Old 28th February 2006, 21:41
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Posted another colour pic recently of Union Rotorua in drydock in Newcastle in 1987. WDM
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Old 19th March 2006, 08:18
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As is today in Melbourne 19th March. Note the orange funnel.
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