A replacement ferry brought in to provide cover for
Interislander's out-of-service Aratere was back in action
this evening after it broke down in Wellington today, less
than a week into service.
The Stena Alegra, Aratere's interim replacement ship, was
cleared to resume service following the problem this morning.
"Around 5am this morning, the freight-only sailing suffered a
partial loss of power on its departure from Wellington which
affected some of the control systems for one of the
"The source of the fault has been identified and repaired and
the ship will resume service at 5pm this evening for its
scheduled passenger sailing from Wellington," KiwiRail said
in a statement.
The fault resulted in the cancellation of this morning's
freight-only sailing from Wellington and the 9.05am passenger
sailing from Picton.
"We apologise to our customers for the disruption this fault
caused and thank them for their patience," Interislander
general manager Thomas Davis said.
The Stena Alegra, which began sailings across Cook Strait on
Monday, had been ordered from Europe for the busy summer
period after the Aratere lost a propeller on an interisland
trip in November.