A replacement ferry brought in by Interislander has broken
down less than a week into service.
Kiwi Rail confirmed this morning the Stena Alegra, which
began sailings across Cook Strait on Monday, broke down
earlier this morning in Wellington Harbour.
The ferry was ordered from Europe for the busy summer period
after the Aratere lost a propeller over the Cook Strait in
Kiwi Rail said the ship suffered a partial loss of power when
it was leaving Wellington about 5am for a freight-only trip.
The power loss affected some of the control systems for one
of the propellers.
It was currently anchored at Wellington Harbour while staff
investigated the fault.
Scores of passengers booked on the 9.05am passenger vehicle
sailing from Picton were being re-booked, with the breakdown
forcing the cancellation of that service, Kiwi Rail said.
Nearly 150 passenger vehicles had been booked for the
"Our staff are working hard to find a solution to the fault
and get the ship back into operation. We apologise to our
customers for the disruption and will issue an update as we
have more news," Interislander general manager Thomas Davis
Meanwhile, the Kiwi Rail website has suspended bookings for
sailings between Picton and Wellington for today and
- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ