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August 1, 2023

New Zealand Detains Log Carrier After Rudder Falls Off

Credit: Joseph Kutta/

Maritime NZ has issued a detention notice against a log carrying vessel, currently anchored off Tauranga.

On Monday 24 July, the Panamanian flagged Achilles Bulker was departing Tauranga, bound for China when it encountered steering problems. It was subsequently determined that the rudder had disconnected from the ship during the outbound pilotage.

The vessel remains anchored off Mount Maunganui, and the rudder was recovered by divers last week and brought to shore.

Due to the rudder failure, the Achilles Bulker will need to be towed to a dry dock for repairs.

Maritime NZ is working closely with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Port of Tauranga on the arrangements to bring the vessel back into Tauranga to remove the cargo of logs before it can be towed.

Maritime NZ has started an investigation into the rudder failure.