Ferry out of action for second day

03:07, Jan 23 2013
OUT OF ACTION: The Aratere Interislander ferry after it broke down yesterday morning.

Troubled Interislander Cook Strait ferry Aratere is out of service for the second straight day.

After breaking down in Wellington Harbour with a computer electronics problem early yesterday morning, ferry operators were hopeful the ferry could return to service for the 6.30am sailing from Wellington to Picton today.

But Interislander spokeswoman Sophie Lee said that sailing was cancelled, as were all other sailings for at least the rest of today.

Technicians were still examining the ship so it was not possible to comment on the seriousness of the problem, which involved a computer control issue over the propulsion system.

Ms Lee said it was possible that sailings on the Aratere could resume at 2.30pm tomorrow, following tests in the morning.

Freight and passengers were being transferred to other sailings.

Last Wednesday the troubled ferry also struck its Wellington rail linkspan in high winds which resulted in scheduled services being disrupted.

Aratere incurred multiple mechanical problems when it returned from the Sembawang dock in Singapore after its hull was lengthened in 2011 as part of a major $53.8 million refurbishment.


The Dominion Post