Gangways out of kilter for new ferry

Last updated 09:46 07/12/2013

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If you want to take temporary Cook Strait ferry the Stena Alegra as a foot passenger, you'd be best to take a dog, bicycle or canoe with you.

The Interislander has revealed that foot passengers will not be able to board the replacement ferry when it enters service next month because gangways at Wellington and Picton do not line up with it.

But anyone with a dog, bike or canoe can board by the main ramp at the back of the boat, general manager Thomas Davis said yesterday.

Stena Alegra had room for only 350 passengers, and the company expected that quota to be filled by vehicle passengers. The two other Interislander ferries, Kaitaki and Arahura, had plenty of room for foot passengers, he said.

The problem with the gangways was that they were built specifically for the Kaitaki, and did not fit the Stena Alegra. "Our teams are working on a solution for this," Mr Davis said.

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