Bluebridge ferry engine breaks down

22:57, Feb 07 2013
Santa Regina
HALF STRENGTH: Bluebridge's Santa Regina ferry, which struggled in to Wellington Harbour after one of its two engines broke down overnight.

Bluebridge ferry Santa Regina struggled in to Wellington Harbour this morning after one of its two engines broke down on an overnight sailing from Wellington to Picton. 

Santa Regina was escorted to its Glasgow Wharf berth this morning after making a freight-only return sailing from Picton to Wellington via the northern channel by a CentrePort tug. 

Santa Regina joined the Bluebridge fleet in December 2002.

Bluebridge spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said engineers would inspect Santa Regina at its Wellington berth today. 

"There is a problem with one of the engines. We'll be taking it out of service for the weekend while we inspect the damage," Ms Pannett said. 

She said passengers and freight would be transported on the Straitsman, Santa Regina's sister Cook Strait passenger and freight ferry. 

She expected Interislander, KiwiRail's Cook Strait ferry company, to pick up any freight and passenger overloads caused by the Santa Regina not being able to sail during the weekend. 

"We'll be proactive about contacting passengers and freight operators with weekend bookings on the Santa Regina," Ms Pannett said. 

Meanwhile would-be passengers and freight forwarders with any queries could contact Bluebridge operators on 0800 844 844 and freight operators on 0800 162 322.

Santa's Regina's 8am sailing from Wellington to Picton today had to be cancelled because of the mechanical problem.

Contact Tim Donoghue
General reporter


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