25 Aug 2016

Vanuatu patrol boat back after cyclone grounding

9:48 am on 25 August 2016

Vanuatu's police patrol boat, RVS Tukoro, is back at its Mala Base in Port Vila after being damaged by Cyclone Pam a year ago.

The boat was taken to Australia after it had been beached on Moso Island in Efate during the storm.

The Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jeremy Bruer, said his government has met the overall cost of $US2 million dollars for the salvage and repair.

He also said RVS Tukoro will be replaced by a new patrol boat in five years' time.

The new craft, which will be nearly 40 metres long, will have the capacity to provide surveillance on illegal fishing in Vanuatu waters.

Artist impression of Vanuatu patrol boats provided by Australia.

Artist's impression of one of the new Pacific patrol boats to be provided by Australia. Photo: Vanuatu Embassy

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