Ferry repair delays hamper sailings

Last updated 12:41 14/04/2014
Stena alegra

FERRY TROUBLES: A gash of about five metres can be seen along the port side of the Stena Alegra, above the water line. Workers can be seen using a gas torch to repair the gash.

Relevant offers

Wellington

Snapper your Wellington bus fare using Semble's Android phone app Blessie's killer loses name suppression appeal but remains anonymous for now Snow, freezing temperatures to hit North Island this week Police undertaking to Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager allegedly broken L S Lowry's Dinner Time sells for record price at Wellington art auction Wartime defences linked Eastbourne and Ward Island - 150 years of news Editorial: New Zealand must tread carefully on Trans Pacific Partnership Kidney donor living in agony and poverty after generous gift to father Wellington trolley buses get lifeline beyond 2017 Man's body found in Wellington Harbour identified

Ferry passengers face delays crossing the Cook Strait this evening, as damaged Interislander ship Stena Alegra will be out of action again until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Repairs to the ferry, a replacement for the damaged Aratere, have taken longer than anticipated because a larger plate than originally thought necessary is required to repair its hull. Its hull was gashed after hitting the wharf at Wellington in high winds last Tuesday.

This is the second delay to the ferry's repair, which was originally expected to be completed last night.

KiwiRail hopes the ferry will be able to perform the 3.30am sailing tomorrow morning.

Passengers booked to Picton on today's scheduled 5pm and 10.15pm sailings have been transferred to a 10pm Kaitaki sailing and an 11pm Arahura sailing.

Those heading from Picton will sail either on the 7pm Arahura crossing or the 1.05am Kaitaki crossing.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

What should happen with the Zephyrometer?

Build a new one just like the old one

Replace it with something completely new

Leave it as it is!

Clear the space - not a good place for a sculpture

Vote Result

Related story: Wind wand's future up in the air

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content