Work in progress

Photo by Guy Williams.
Photo by Guy Williams.

Real Journeys Queenstown operations manager Luke Taylor (left) and TSS Earnslaw engineer Ken McAuliffe show some of the several tonnes of metal cut out of the 102-year-old vessel so far as part of a preventive maintenance project that began last month at its Kelvin Heights slipway.

Mr Taylor said the nine-week survey involved replacing steel plates on the vessel's hull with new marine steel.

The work was being done by a team of about 10 Real Journeys employees and specialists from Gough Bros, in Invercargill.

The vessel was expected to be ''back in business'' by about July 12.