A return sailing across the Cook Strait on troubled
Interislander ferry Aratere has been cancelled today, just
one day after its return to service.
The vessel has been out of action after losing a propeller on
a crossing in November last year, and underwent a three month
refurbishment in Singapore.
It had its first full day of services yesterday, scheduled to
run three return sailings from Wellington to Picton.
However, today KiwiRail said it had taken the ferry "a little
longer to make the Cook Strait crossing than previously", and
it was cancelling a sailing to stop a delays.
"To prevent these small delays from accumulating, the
decision was made to cancel today's 6.45am sailing. All
freight and passengers scheduled for this service have been
contacted and were accommodated on either the Arahura or
Kaitaki morning sailings," KiwiRail said in a statement.
"Aratere will resume at 2.45pm this afternoon, and we will
continue to monitor her performance closely."
Meanwhile, the company said it was not concerned about the
ferry Arahura hitting the wharf at its Wellington terminal
this morning, reportedly due to strong winds in the capital.
"Vessels contact wharves fairly regularly especially in
adverse weather," a spokesman said. "There was no damage to
either the Arahura or the wharf, and we've received no
reports of injury to persons or damage to cargo as a result."