Kiwirail’s ferries

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 Kiwirail should get their ferries from Bangladesh! More reliable.

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