Tahitian passenger/cargoship launched in China
Chinese shipyard Huanghai Shipbuilding in the north east of the country has launched Tahitian operator Aranui Cruises (Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime –CPTM) new passenger/cargoship Aranui 5. The 125m vessel was supposed to have made her maiden voyage on 10 October this year but this has now been changed to 21 November 2015. The vessel has been designed to undertake 14 day cruises from Papeete to the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Societ Islands in French Polynesia.
Arunui 5 will replace the owners existing passenger/cargoship Aranui 3, with a capacity for 200 passengers, which has been servicing the islands for the past 12 years. The 118m, 7,325grt Aranui 3 was built in Romania by Severnav SA and delivered in 2002. The new 3,800 dwt Aranui 5 will have a capacity for 256 passengers over nine decks and a range of accommodation including 31 suites with balconies, 29 superior deluxe cabins with balconies 40 standard cabins and four C Class dormitories for 24 passengers. The ship will also be able to carry 45 deck passengers. Public areas include a reception, restaurant, four bars, dance area, two conference rooms, lounges, library, video/computer room, shop, swimming pool, fitness room and spa.