Aratere Returns


Interislander’s Cook Strait ferry Aratere made a picturesque sight when she returned home to Wellington today, after a five month extension and refurbishment in Singapore.

Aratere berthed at Aotea Quay upon arrival to perform Customs and MAF clearances.
The ferry ‘s extension and refurbishment at the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore involved a new 30-metre mid-body being installed in the ship, as well as a new stern profile, a new bow, new generators, and a total internal refurbishment.
The extension increases Aratere’s capacity by about 30 per cent for rail freight, trucks, and cars, and 100 per cent for passengers.
New facilities for the public will be available onboard, including a new Aratere-Plus lounge, new food and beverage outlets, and new facilities for commercial drivers.
Aratere is due back in service late next week.

Interislander general manager Thomas Davis said Interislander staff were delighted to see their ship back home, welcomed with a glorious spring day and a water spray from Centreport tug Tiaki.
He congratulated master Bob Nixon and crew on bringing the ship home safely and speedily.
“There have been a lot of people who have worked very hard on this project for a long time, and who had spent a lot of time away from home working in difficult conditions for a sustained period of time. I want to formally put on record my thanks and the thanks of all at Interislander for that effort.
“It has been worth it to watch Aratere arrive this morning, in glorious sunshine, showing off the new length and bow.”




  1. Malcolm says:

    It looks odd. I’ll have to try get a crossing on it at some point

  2. Antz says:

    Can’t wait to see what it looks like on the Inside…

    I love riding on the Interislander, it was a big part of my childhood.

  3. Paul in Sydney says:

    Welcome home

    There’s been some amazing photos of the rebuild process on the Interislanders facebook pages

    They did run a little over budget, but like most reno’s there is always something that crops up.
    11 mill over budget

  4. Ingolfson says:

    11 mil? OUCH. What was the whole contract?

    But yeah, looks great.


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