The article is originated from TNTV.
TRANSPORT – The Polynesian Shipping Company hopes to put into service a new vessel, the Aranui VI, by 2022.
Aranui V set off for Pitcairn this Thursday morning for the first time. “In less than 3 weeks, the trip was complete, we had to schedule a second trip (…) the second trip of this year will be on March 21. Then we will have another trip in 2020” , explains Philippe Wong , President of the Polynesian Shipping Company (CPTM) . 215 passengers embarked this Thursday, mostly Australians and New Zealanders. Some Americans, Canadians, and French are also part of the travelers.
The preparation for this trip lasted two years.“We had to get organized, we sent two teams on the spot, the first to check the feasibility and a second team a bit more technical: a captain and a guide to find out about future trips. wanted to have an international trip (…) Pitcairn was interesting, not all ships can go there (…) And there is this story with the Polynesians that it was interesting to bring back to date . ”
In video, the interview of Philippe Wong, president of the CPTM
The company wishes to develop its cruises. So much so that another ship, the Aranui VI, could go to sea by 2022. “The goal is to set up a new ship that would be only passenger, so a liner with local staff Polynesian, preferably islands, which would do 22 to 30 rotations a year on several destinations but would be autonomous.The Aranui 5 will continue the Marquesas and this one will have the flexibility not to carry goods. “We preferred to get away from this constraint and stay 100% passengers to make many more routes and keep a good flexibility.”
This new vessel would consist of approximately 150 cabins with a capacity of 300 passengers and 130 crew members. The technical studies started more than 2 years ago. The amateur is waiting for tax exemption and hopes for a commissioning in 2022 by counting “about 3 years of construction” of the boat. The investment for this new ship is “about 7 billion Fcfp”.