The ship that provides a vital lifeline to the most remote islands in the Cooks has run aground off one them. Taio Shipping's new vessel the Moana Nui has been forced by rough weather on to the reef off Nassau, 1,246 kms (774 miles) north west of Rarotonga. It was preparing to pick up a shipment of coconuts bound for Rarotonga. No one has been hurt in the grounding. The vessel was scheduled to make a 17-19 day run to and from the capital island eight times year, calling at Nassau, Pukapuka, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Penrhyn.