Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Aratere Update

Aratere Update

Interislander ferry Aratere is refuelling today in Gladstone, Queensland, and is expected to depart for Wellington early this Saturday.

“Depending on the weather, Aratere’s estimated time of arrival in Wellington is Wednesday 2 July,” GM Interislander, Thomas Davis, said.

Once back in Wellington the ferry will undergo an estimated further week of commissioning, including Maritime New Zealand and other safety agency checks, as well as re-consigning and moving equipment, furniture and so on currently in use on the Stena Alegra to the Aratere.

Aratere will return to service once these processes are complete.

The temporary replacement ferry, Stena Alegra, is scheduled to leave Picton for Wellington at 10.15pm on Saturday on its last Cook Strait crossing.
Mr Davis said the Stena Alegra has done a great job during her stay.

“As of today, since January the Stena Alegra has carried approx. 45,500 passengers, about 34,300 vehicles, and moved 11,900 trucks during 449 trips across Cook Strait.

“In other words the Stena Alegra has been vital in supporting New Zealand’s critical rail ferry and passenger transport link over the last few months, and made a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Trade & Retail: Chinese Disaster Spells Quiet Season For NZ Fireworks Sales

In August, two massive explosions at a warehouse at the port in the port of Tianjin, Northern China, killing more than a hundred people and devastating large areas of the city. In the wake of the disaster, Chinese authorities rushed to regulate the distribution of all dangerous goods... More>>



Oceans: NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. More>>

Scoop Business: A Decade Of Government Pre-Seed Investment

More publicly-funded science is being commercialised after a decade of government ‘pre-see’d investment, according to an independent review. More>>


Solid Energy: Plan To Shut Unprofitable Huntly East Mine

Solid Energy, the state-owned coal miner in voluntary administration, plans to shut down its unprofitable Huntly East mine and lay off 65 staff after deciding the site stands "no chance whatsoever" of finding a buyer. More>>


E Tū: Merger Creates NZ's Biggest Private Sector Union

E tū has been created by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Service and Food Workers’ Union. It represents more than 50,000 working New Zealanders in industries as diverse as aviation, construction, journalism, food manufacturing, mining and cleaning. More>>


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news