Kiwirail’s ferries

January 17th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A replacement ferry brought in by Interislander has broken down less than a week into service.

Kiwi Rail confirmed this morning the Stena Alegra, which began sailings across Cook Strait on Monday, broke down earlier this morning in Wellington Harbour.

The ferry was ordered from Europe for the busy summer period after the Aratere lost a propeller over the Cook Strait in November.

Kiwi Rail said the ship suffered a partial loss of power when it was leaving Wellington about 5am for a freight-only trip.

The power loss affected some of the control systems for one of the propellers.

It was currently anchored at Wellington Harbour while staff investigated the fault.

Maybe should get their ferries from Bangladesh! More reliable.

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25 Responses to “Kiwirail’s ferries”

  1. rouppe (960 comments) says:

    Maybe its union sabotage

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  2. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    The ferry was tired because it had traveled so far..lol

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  3. hj (6,794 comments) says:

    Bangladesh’s strength is the poverty of it’s workforce.

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  4. RRM (9,745 comments) says:

    I notice the Stena Alegra came from Spain, whereas the broken-down Aratere came from… Spain!

    There’s a pattern forming here…

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  5. peterwn (3,233 comments) says:

    And as a knock-on the Kaitaki was delayed half an hour since (as Interislander claimed) they tried to accommodate vehs and pax from Stena Alegra, meaning they had to pack the vehs more tightly than usual and that takes time.

    Sent from the Kaitaki.

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  6. Yogibear (359 comments) says:

    RRM wasn’t the failed navy troop ship Charles Upham (aka Charles Upchuck) also Spanish?

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  7. nasska (11,065 comments) says:

    Yogibear

    The “Charles Upham” was originally built in Denmark. It was leased out to Spanish interests who used it for carting lemons around the Mediterranean before it was converted in Indonesia.

    It seems that they may have contaminated it by association as it was about the biggest bit of junk that our armed forces have ever bought & that is a harsh yardstick by any standards. :)

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  8. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Dear Kiwirail –

    No-one ever regretted buying (or leasing) quality, so please stop buying (and leasing) crap.

    Regards –
    thor42

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  9. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Anything public servants try and run is a disaster . . . they were going to cream the market and show us how to run petrol stations: what has happened? I also think it goes to show how abusive towards anything mechanical that may politically damage our Government the unionised staff in Kiwi Rail are . . . no better than they were under NUR. Sell it for what you can get, as a going concern, no-one would want the staff.

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  10. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (859 comments) says:

    hmmm

    another Spanish ferry, methinks that kiwirail are very slow learners…

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  11. Scott Chris (6,013 comments) says:

    Strange business model that, in the event of a major mechanical failure loses 50% of its production for months.

    Surely it would make more sense to run, say, three or four smaller ferries so if one fails the others can take up the slack.

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  12. Scott Chris (6,013 comments) says:

    Bangladesh’s strength is the poverty of it’s workforce.

    Yes hj, we should economically boycott Bangladesh until the fuckers can get rich like the rest of us :?

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  13. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,863 comments) says:

    Maybe the Bangers don’t regard Sky TV, annual holidays overseas, pets, video games, smokes and booze as part of the necessaries for a ‘living wage.’

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  14. RRM (9,745 comments) says:

    Strange business model that, in the event of a major mechanical failure loses 50% of its production for months.

    I recall an e mail that did the rounds a few years ago, photos of the Emma Maersk, the biggest container ship by a mile, several Arateres would fit on top of her as deck cargo. One giant straight sixteen diesel engine the size of a building, driving one giant brass propeller. Clearly the designers, builders and owners of this giant piece of capital are confident the propeller won’t fall off.

    Meanwhile… Aratere has four engines, and four propellers… sounds like a sensible amount of precautionary redundency… but one of the propellers fell off, and that’s enough to put her out of action for half a year. Hmm…

    (Honestly…! The propeller fell off… it sounds like something out of a Monty Python script…)

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  15. Mr Nobody NZ (397 comments) says:

    Does anybody recall how often the ferries failed when Toll owned them?

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  16. RRM (9,745 comments) says:

    igm..

    Over the years I’ve noticed a few adverts for jobs with the interislander ferries while I’ve been reading the Dom Post… most positions are rostered on for stints of shift work that last several days if not weeks at a time, quarters on board ship are provided for the crew and they are required to remain on board ship for the duration.

    You would have to be a pretty staunch unionist to want to actively sabotage or abuse a ship that you were living aboard, especially in a harsh sub-antarctic environment like Cook Strait! :-)

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  17. Michael (903 comments) says:

    Why does the Bluebridge not have these problems? They have a much older boat but still manage to avoid having ships breaking down all the time.

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  18. nasska (11,065 comments) says:

    At least we can be happy that we’re going to get superior value in the ship being built for the Tokelau run.

    If the Bangladeshi boat builders get the engine installed the right way up they’ll beat Spanish quality control standards. :)

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  19. Johnboy (15,876 comments) says:

    Ships built in Spain have never been any good since 1588! :)

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  20. Johnboy (15,876 comments) says:

    Evening minus old chap! :)

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  21. Chinarugby (85 comments) says:

    Bangladesh’s strength is the poverty of it’s workforce.

    Spot on HJ – Well said indeed.

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  22. V (706 comments) says:

    Kiwirail, failing to make a profit since ….. well ever really.

    These problems seem to happen so often with leased Kiwirail ferries over the years, it makes one wonder if the problem exists between keyboard and chair when it comes to the operators.

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  23. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    RRM: Seamen on ferries once had air travel paid all around the country for their overpaid positions, yet they struck and committed acts of sabotage every school holidays or any other stat breaks. They are, and never have been, worth a blurt.

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  24. wat dabney (3,748 comments) says:

    Bangladesh’s strength is the poverty of it’s workforce

    If I read a stupider comment this month I will be mighty surprised.

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  25. labrator (1,889 comments) says:

    Aratere has four engines, and four propellers

    Nope, two and two. Not allowed to carry passengers on one propellor under legislation I believe. Something to do with the Wahine if I recall/was-informed correctly.

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