Port Otago Tug Procurements

Octa has been involved in three Port Otago Limited (POL) tugs, the “Otago” ($8.5M in 2003), “Taiaroa” ($11M in 2014,) and the “Arihi” ($6M in August 2016).

Octa was initially brought in to assist with programming and facilitating the final stages of the “Otago” contract.  The vessel was being built by ShipCo in Whangarei and was around three to four months behind programme.   Octa managed to avoid any further time loss, and a few years later managed the fitting of grid coolers to the “Otago”.

Octa later joined the shipyard selection of the Taiaroa ($11M 24m with a 68T bollard pull) which included a visit to ASL yard in Singapore and Song Thu yard in Vietnam (a joint venture yard with Damen).  POL signed up with Damen – an international ship building company based in the Netherlands.  Octa was involved in the finalisation of the contract and technical specification and had an ongoing input to the management and overview of the build stage along with contract administration.

In 2015, POL purchased the Arihi ($6M) from the Sanmar yard in Turkey, and Octa was brought in to help finalise the technical specification and the contract documents along with determining the delivery contract and consideration of dry versus wet options.  This third tug is to be used alongside a dredge, and will also provide support to Otago and Taiaroa.

This project provided some very unique challenges:

  • Management and overview of manufacture undertaken by international company.
  • Coordinating and resolving technical requirements and contract conditions.
  • Managing and controlling implementation requiring input from both purchaser and supplier.

Project Name

Port Otago Tug Procurements


Port Otago