Interisland ferry resumes sailing

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.


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