Aratere returns to the capital

Last updated 09:23 02/07/2014
Aratere
ROSS GIBLIN/Fairfax NZ

HOMECOMING QUEEN: The Aratere Interislander ferry is back in Wellington after extensive repairs in Singapore.

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Films you should avoid watching if you have a fear of flying in airplanes Debris found off coast of Mozambique adds to MH370 plane crash theory United Airlines pilots arrested for alleged intoxication shortly before flight Southwest Airlines plane's engine torn apart in midair, forcing emergency landing Kiwi mum released from hospital in Malaysia is heading home to face insurance drama Air New Zealand issue warning over free flight scam on Facebook Kiwi holidaymakers recount 'horrific' Jetstar experience on trip to Vietnam Hutt Valley trains stalled after truck brings down power lines Timaru man forced to juggle holiday plans after Air New Zealand cancels his flight EasyJet flight delayed because cabin crew members 'had a tiff'

Almost eight months after its starboard propeller shaft broke off mid-sailing, Cook Strait ferry Aratere is back in Wellington.

But the ferry, which has undergone extensive repairs in Singapore, still needs to be certified and tested and was not expected to be back carrying passengers till the week after next.

Interislander general manager Thomas Davis said the ordeal had done ''a little bit'' of damage to public confidence in the ferry but the company planned to run a safe and reliable service to repair faith in it.

Before taking passengers the ferry would need safety checks from Maritime New Zealand and certification body Det Norske Veritas, or DNV.

She would also be set up for passengers, including moving furniture and other items back on board.

Speaking in front of the ferry this morning, where the Aratere had just arrived from Singapore via Australia, he refused to comment on why the propeller shaft broke off in November last year.

Interislander knew the cause but would not comment till ''legal and insurance processes'' had been worked through.

All would eventually be revealed, he said.

In Singapore, the ferry also got a fresh paint job and other scheduled servicing.

The ferry would be going through testing in Wellington Harbour and possibly Cook Strait in the coming days.

From next week it would hopefully be taking freight, with passenger services back the following week, Davis said.

Meanwhile, replacement ferry Stena Alegra, which was was brought from Poland to cover Aratere during repairs, had now been returned to her owner.

She would leave Wellington this week for an unknown port, Davis said.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content