Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Machiavelli attacked by pirates

Story here:
AN INCIDENT-PACKED journey from Turkey to New Zealand has caused serious delays to the arrival of a huge dredge that will transform Port Taranaki into the deepest export port in the country.

The crew of the tug towing the 53m dredge Machiavelli was attacked by pirates off the coast of India during the trip. And the tug's skipper is missing several front teeth after being hit by a rope in wild seas during one of several major storms.

The tug and the dredge have recently passed Rabaul, north of the Solomon Islands, and are expected to arrive at Port Taranaki next week -- several weeks late.

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