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New vessel for Customs in Auckland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/09/2016

A new Auckland-based New Zealand Customs Service vessel is to be locally designed and purpose-built.

Hawk V will replace Hawk IV, which has been in service for 18 years.

It will be similar in size and shape to the New Zealand Police vessel Deodar III, and similar in design to vessels operated by New Zealand Coast Guard, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner.

"I'm delighted to announce this new vessel, which will be locally-designed, purpose-built, and equipped with state-of-the-art electronics. It will boost Customs' capabilities to identify risk and carry out enforcement work beyond our territorial waters," she said.

The decision comes after 15 months of consultation.

The new vessel will be based in Auckland, and operate with a crew of four Customs officers. Delivery is expected in 2017-2018.

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