The St Xavier Maris-Stella IV will resume its rotations on June 1st

In technical shutdown since February 16, 2023, the vessel of the Tuamotu Navigation Company will return to sea in a few days. She will sail, two rotations per week, in the West Tuamotu area with her brand new engine.

From 1er June, the St Xavier ship Maris-Stella IV of the Tuamotu Navigation Company – also owner of the Maris Stella III – will resume its rotations after 15 months of technical shutdown. Acquired 8 years ago by the Salem family, this 80 meter long and 15 meter wide ship, with its two derricks of 10 and 40 tonnes, will be able to resume its activity on the Western Tuamotus with a new engine ordered in Belgium. If the Dory, the Mareva Nui or the Cobia have ensured the transport of freight since its shutdown, the return of the Maris Stella IV is eagerly awaited by the population of Tikehau, Rangiroa, Ahe, Takaroa, Arutua, Fakarava. “The people of the islands know well, cars, heavy equipment, containers, all that goes in the hold, specifies Ellias Salem, the ship’s owner. We can carry 40 tonnes of lifting, in the sector we have the greatest capacity in derricks. »

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According to the shipowner, this ship, purchased second-hand and which is still a little over 30 years old today, has nothing to envy of new boats. “The hull is very thick. Compared to the new boats, the old ones are very strong, explains the shipowner again. This one is equipped with modern devices: radar, GPS… there really is everything. »

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The design project for a mixed cargo ship, already mentioned last year, is still in progress. The St Xavier Maris Stella V, more modern, faster, more efficient and which, in addition to offering greater cargo capacity, will also be able to take on passengers, should be put into service in 2 years.

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