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Ferry sailing causes concern for Maritime Union

Wednesday 25 October 2006

Ferry sailing causes concern for Maritime Union

The sailing of the Cook Strait ferry Kaitaki yesterday in extreme weather conditions is a cause of concern, says Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson.

"The first goals of the Union are to ensure the lives of crew are not endangered and the public are also protected."

Mr Hanson says a number of recent incidents where ferries have sailed in extreme weather conditions have caused major concern.

He says that the Union wants to have input on whether ferries should sail in bad conditions, which is traditionally the decision of the captain.

"We have had some mechanical failures aboard ferries, and we are worried about the results of a mechanical problem combined with extreme weather conditions."

ENDS

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