The propeller missing from the Cook Strait ferry Aratere has
A remote-controlled underwater vehicle pulled the propeller
to the surface this afternoon, KiwiRail confirmed.
"The propeller was retrieved from a depth of around 120
metres and approximately two nautical miles from Tory Channel
using strops that were fitted around the blades of the
propeller and part of the shaft ...'' a statement from
The 6-tonne propeller was then secured to the stern of the
salvage vessel Brandywine and taken to Picton before being
loaded onto the deck of the vessel by a crane,'' said
Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis.
"The propeller will be brought back to Wellington by Seaworks
tonight where it will undergo a comprehensive examination by
both TAIC and Interislander.''
The propeller dropped off the Aratere when the shaft broke on
November 5 outside Tory Channel.
On November 23, Seaworks used multibeam echosounder sonar
equipment and a remote controlled underwater vehicle with
cameras to find it.
The salvage attempt followed modifications to the recovery
vessel. The timeframe also took into account weather
conditions and other operations being conducted by Seaworks.
The propeller would cost around $200,000 to replace, KiwiRail