Interislander's replacement arrives

Last updated 14:26 29/12/2013
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ

The Stena Alegra ferry has arrived in Wellington after a month-long journey from Poland.

Stena Alegra
MATT DUNCAN/Fairfax NZ
READY FOR ACTION: The Stena Alegra ferry has arrived in Wellington after a month-long journey from Poland.

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The replacement vessel for the crippled Aratere ferry arrived early this morning in Wellington after a month-long journey from Poland. 

The Stena Alegra docked in the capital this morning as a temporary replacement for the Aratere, which lost its starboard propeller on November 5 on a routine night sailing from Picton to Wellington.

The Aratere's starboard shaft snapped just outside Tory Channel at the top of the Marlborough Sounds.

The 21,000 gross tonne (approx) ferry is expected for a minimum six-month charter period by a crew supplied by shipowner Stena Finance BV. 

Several Interislander personnel had boarded Stena Alegra in Panama for the voyage down under including a master, a mate, a chief engineer, a first engineer, a customer services manager and a bosun.

Interislander is accepting freight, car and passenger bookings from January 12 for Stena Alegra.

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