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I was asked recently if I knew the whereabouts of the IPVs which were assigned to the four RNZNVR Divisions.

I .thought I knew where most of them were but ex HMNZS Kiwi operated by HMNZS Toroa eluded me. I did some investigation and what I found was very interesting.

She was built by Whangarei Engineering, as were all the others, and commissioned on 2 September 1984. Her home port was Lyttelton. She was decommissioned on 11 December 2007 and sold by the RNZN into private ownership. Purchased by Peter and Sue Cook she operated as a multi purpose charter/leisure vessel based in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour in 2010. She has been refitted by its owners in Melbourne and transformed into a “holiday house on water”. It has five bedrooms with ensuites, fully equipped kitchen, living area with a bar, and two motorbikes for use on land.

There are 4 couples who constitute the Sarasu crew.

Their aim for 2015 was to travel up the East coast of Mainland Australia, with perhaps a trip out to the Louisaide Islands.
December saw them tucked up in Cairns for the Cyclone season over Xmas. Garden Island Western Australia in August 2016, then back to Melbourne in 2017.

If you want to spend a fascinating hour or two, log onto Facebook and Google MV Sarasu and take a tour round the coast of Australia.

Vital stats:

91.5 ton standard; 105 ton full load

Length:           27 m (89 ft)

Beam:            6.1 m (20 ft)

Draught:         2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)

Propulsion:    Two Cummins diesels (710 hp) Twin shafts

Speed:           12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)

Range:           3,000 nmi (5,600 km; 3,500 mi)

Complement: 18: 5 Officers: 3 Senior Rates: 10 Ratings


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