The replacement ferry for KiwiRail's trouble-plagued
Interislander service has resumed sailing this morning after
a week out of action.
The Stena Alegra suffered a nasty gash in its hull during
"extreme weather conditions" at the Wellington ferry terminal
on Tuesday last week.
The ship had been due to resume sailing at 5pm yesterday, but
repairs took longer than anticipated and the ship's first
sailing was delayed until 3.30am today.
Passenger sailings of the ferry would be back to normal
today, a KiwiRail spokeswoman said.
The Stena Alegra has run into trouble twice since it began
sailing in January as a temporary replacement for the
Aratere, which lost its propeller during a Cook Strait
crossing in November.
Less than a week after it made its first Cook Strait
crossing, the Stena Alegra broke down after suffering a
partial loss of power while leaving Wellington.