A computer glitch on the trouble-plagued Interislander ferry
Aratere has put the summer travel plans of hundreds of
travellers on hold.
All sailings of the Aratere have been cancelled today while
technicians work on the issue, which has affected the ferry's
Passengers who were booked on the 6.30am sailing from
Wellington to Picton will have to wait until the Kaitaki
departs Wellington at 9pm, while a return sailing from Picton
has been scheduled for 2am tomorrow.
Interislander spokeswoman Sophie Lee said technicians were
looking into the issue.
"We think it's a problem with the computer system on the
ship, which is affecting the propulsion system, so it's an
electronic issue," she said.
"We're hoping to have the issue resolved in time for
Ms Lee said it was hoped all affected passengers and cargo
would be accommodated on the Kaitaki sailings.
She said the issue was not related to the ship's recent $54
million revamp, nor the ship's engine problems which put a
stop to passenger sailings for more than a week in 2011.
The Aratere is one of three Interislander ferries operated by