Engine problems hamper ferry

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 13:43 03/04/2014

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Cook Strait was a rail ferry free zone this morning after the Arahura missed its Wellington to Picton return sailing with engine problems.

Arahura was supposed to sail for Picton from Wellington at about 7am this morning but did not arrive back to its Wellington berth until 7:30am.

The ferry had experienced overnight engine problems which resulted in it sailing out of Wellington about two hours behind schedule last night, maritime sources told the Dominion Post.

Interislander's second rail ferry Aratere is currently in dry dock in Singapore where two new shafts are being replaced on the ship after one of the propeller shafts snapped in Cook Strait on the night of November 5.

Repairs have also been undertaken on Aratere's starboard stablisher 

Interislander's two other ferries, the roll-on, roll-off ferry Stena Alegra (on a charter replacing the crippled Aratere) and the Kaitaki, are both sailing to schedule today - as are Bluebridge's Santa Regina and Straitsman.  

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- The Dominion Post

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