Moresby now a mercy vessel
January 24, 2000
The former RAN survey ship MORESBY did great work for Australia.
Now she is to do yeoman service in East Timor as a humanitarian "mercy"
Mr Eric Hotung, founder and chairman of the Hotung Institute of International
Studies bought the 2,340 tonne MORESBY last September.
Renamed the Patricia Anne Hotung the 35-year-old Newcastle built ship was
refitted in Fremantle.
It can now take 500 passengers and a cargo capacity of 2021 tonnes.
After refit the ship went to Darwin where it was visited by Mr Hotung.
He said he eventually wanted her equipped as a hospital ship but in the
meantime there was other relief work for her.
"The UN knows about the ship and has expressed interest through its International
Office of Migration in shipping refugees from West Timor to East Timor,
" he said.
"I feel there are still things we can do."
The Hotung family has been one of Hong Kong's establishment families since