Arahura ready to sail after repairs

Last updated 15:25 17/02/2014
Arahura lifeboat mishap
MISHAP: A lifeboat dangles from the side of Interislander ferry Arahura.

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Cook Strait ferry Arahura is expected to resume normal passenger sailings across Cook Strait late tonight following the completion of cable repairs to all its lifeboats.

The ship was taken out of passenger service in Picton last Monday after a cable attaching the aft lifeboat to the ferry snapped during a routine drill in Picton.

Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis said today all wiring on Arahura's lifeboats would be changed today.

''The ship should resume its normal sailing schedule from 11pm this evening...

''Following the issue with one of the lifeboat wires on the Arahura last week, all our ships have checked their lifeboats,'' Mr Davis said.

Arahura, which continued to operate freight only sailings following the lifeboat problem, missed two return sailings on Friday night and Saturday, with a stern door problem.

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