2013 Mar 07

Three Cook Strait ferries hit by mechanical problems

 Bluebridge's 28-year-old Santa Regina is one of three Cook Strait ferries to experience mechanical problems this week.

Santa Regina missed its 8am sailing from Wellington to Picton this morning.

The problem follows hard on the stern of the 12-day layoff which kept the ferry in port with a major port engine camshaft problem last month. 

Bluebridge spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said today it was too early to say whether today's problem is associated with the vibration damper camshaft problem that kept the ferry out of action in February.

"All freight and passengers have been rescheduled for today - some on to the Interislander's morning sailing and everyone else onto our 1.30pm Straitsman sailing from Wellington to Picton," Ms Pannett said.

Meanwhile, Interislander ferries Aratere and Arahura have experienced ongoing respective propulsion and bow thruster problems this week.

Interislander spokeswoman Sophie Lee said Aratere made a sailing from Picton to Wellington to Tuesday night via the northern entrance of Queen Charlotte Sound because of a propulsion problem.

She also confirmed the 30-year-old Arahura has been operating on just one of the ship's two bow thrusters for some time now.

There have been no significant delays this week for Interislander passengers and freight associated with the ongoing problems on Aratere and Arahura, Ms Lee said.


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