New Zealand Awards Multimillion-Dollar Contract To Sembawang

Sembawang Shipyard recently won a multimillion-dollar contract from the New Zealand Government for major refitting and modification of one of its ferries, the 4,610-grt G.M.V. Aramoana.

The contract, signed between visiting New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon and the shipyard's chairman, Pang Tee Pow, is the yard's first major project from the State-owned company, New Zealand Railways.

The Aramoana — which means "pathway over the ocean" in Maori language—is one of the four ferries operated by the New Zealand Railways for conveying passengers, railway wagons, freight and cars between Wellington and Picton, North and South Islands of New Zealand.

At the signing ceremony, Mr.

Muldoon stressed that his government decided to award the Sembawang Group the contract because of their reliability and performance on an earlier New Zealand project.

The vessel, built in 1962 by William Denny and Brothers Ltd., Dumarton, Scotland, will arrive early this month for the refitting operation, which is expected to be completed in late October. Apart from steelworks, this involves the complete refurnishing and upgrading of the passengers' and crew's accommodation.

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