Flagship marks crossing milestone

21:42, Jun 25 2014

Interislander's "quiet achiever", Arahura, was expected to make her 50,000th crossing of Cook Strait this morning.

The ship's engine room logbook showed the ferry would achieve her milestone sailing on the 3am Picton to Wellington sailing today.

Since 1983 Arahura has ferried passengers, trucks and trains between the North and South Islands, clocking up two and a half million nautical miles (about 4.6 million kilometres), and making the equivalent of more than 35,000 trips around New Zealand.

Interislander general manager Thomas Davis said Arahura had been the fleet's flagship for the past 31 years. "All past and present crew that have sailed on Arahura can be personally very proud of the service they've provided and their contribution to both New Zealand's supply chain and tourism network."


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