31 May 2010
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s second Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS WELLINGTON, has experienced engine problems and has diverted to Sydney.
Engine faults were discovered while the ship was sailing from Melbourne to Auckland. HMNZS WELLINGTON was in the Tasman Sea, approximately 200 miles from Sydney, when a water seal in the port engine leaked, and the starboard engine’s control system developed an intermittent fault.
It was considered prudent to rectify both faults before continuing to Auckland, so HMNZS WELLINGTON diverted to Sydney arriving in the early hours of this morning.
Technicians from the engine manufacturers MAN have met the ship in Sydney and are working with the ship’s engineers. As the ship’s engines are under warranty, Sydney offers the best support to have the faults rectified.
The Navy now expects WELLINGTON to arrive in New Zealand towards the end of next week.
For further information please contact Phil Bradshaw, Director Defence Communications Group, on 021 441 493.