Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Authorities need to toughen up

Monday 4 October 2004

Authorities need to toughen up

Maritime Union says authorities need to toughen up on ferry failures now ­ before the worst case scenario

The Maritime Union says that a proposed inhouse investigation into serious equipment failure onboard the Cook Strait Ferry ŒAratere¹ is a copout by authorities.

Maritime Union Wellington Seafarers¹ Branch Secretary Mike Williams says crew aboard the ferry were horrified to read today that the Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) says the ŒAratere¹ can go back to automatic steering once an internal investigation is carried out by owners Toll Shipping.

"This is not acceptable for the safety of the crew and passengers, and for such a serious incident a full and independent inquiry needs to be carried out," says Mr Williams.

The Cook Strait ferry Aratere is under investigation after the automatic steering system failed last week.

The MSA said the Aratere was within half a minute of a serious incident or possible grounding on the evening of Wednesday 29 September 2004 at the entrance to the Tory Channel at the top of the South Island.

Mr Williams says the initial MSA decision last week to require the ŒAratere¹ be hand steered until the fault was identified was correct, but the Maritime Union believed that hand steering should be mandatory given the difficult nature of the Cook Strait and previous maritime disasters including the 'Wahine' (1968) and the 'Mikhail Lermontov' (1986).

"For four decades all ferries on the Cook Strait have all been hand steered in harbour limits and it is paramount that Toll employs quartermasters to steer the vessel in harbour limits."

Mr Williams says the ŒAratere¹ has had a history of electrical problems since her maiden voyage from Spain in 1999.

"These incidents have included power failures, engine problems and other technical problems, and the Maritime Union stance on the matter is that a proper investigation and precautions now are far more preferable than waiting for a worse case scenario to occur."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency...

The falling out with Mugabe two weeks ago came only after Mugabe attempted to build a dynastic succession around his wife, Grace. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa, from where he orchestrated an Army coup led by his long–time ally, General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the country’s armed forces. To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election