Aratere Resumes


Further trials carried out this morning have confirmed the reliability and stability of the Aratere’s engines and propulsion systems.

Interislander general manager Thomas Davis said the tests, carried out under observation by classification society Det Norske Veritas, meant that the Cook Strait ferry could resume passenger services.

This was confirmed by Maritime New Zealand this afternoon. Aratere’s first passenger sailing will be the 1405 service on Monday.

Mr Davis said passenger services would resume on Aratere on Monday so that disruption to customers and staff was minimised. Many staff who would normally work on Aratere had been transferred to Arahura during the disruption, and time is needed to re-introduce Aratere to is usual timetable.

ARATERE | Anthony Phelps

“This has been a difficult time for Interislander. I apologise to all our customers who have been inconvenienced by the disruptions over the past 10 days.”
Aratere sailings were cancelled from November 1 after an incident with the ship’s propulsion system during an evening sailing from Picton. Freight-only sailings resumed on November 4.

Interislander’s other ferries, Arahura and Kaitaki, have been operating as normal.




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