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Cook Strait ferries – more mechanical problems and cancellations

Cook Strait ferry news

Four Bluebridge sailings were cancelled yesterday.

The company said the cancellations were due to a mechanical fault in the vessel Strait Feronia.

Interislander’s ferry Kaitaki has been out of service since late March for mechanical issues, but could be expected back on the water Easter Monday.

The disruptions were not only affecting travelers, but also Marlborough businesses.

‘This is effectively the de-facto state highway. It affects supplies, it affects transport – so it affects all of the businesses there, and it just makes things more difficult than they would otherwise be. I think the other tricky thing is obviously the reputational damage. It’s just not good for Marlborough, or Wellington either,’ Marlborough Chamber of Commerce CEO Peter Coldwell told RNZ.

Transport Minister Michael Wood has blamed previous governments for the issues, saying they failed to plan and invest properly for the long-term. He told KiwiRail at the beginning of March to come up with a clear plan for managing the reliability of the ferries going forward.

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  1. They’ve got no ship’s engineers.
    Ships all over the world travelling across the Pacific and the Atlantic and this country can’t even keep an interisland ferry going to make a 3 hour crossing.

  2. Strange how ships from both companies are broken down, with no emergency leased vessels to take up the slack.
    I think that both companies are essentially bankrupt, no thanks to Jabby & the Covid Hoax!!!
    Could it be that they are following the Globalist Agenda and experimenting in keeping people ‘in place’ with no traveling in prep for the Human Right-violating ‘:15 Minute Cities’ concept limiting movement based on the carbon fraud???
    OR-
    Is there a submarine from Russia or China lurking around the Cook Strait, or the threat of planted anti-ship mines in the channels?
    Or…the Inter-Islander vessels being so old that they are no longer insurable due to their worn-out condition?

    • It is not strange that vessels from both companies have broken down yes they have no ships engineers they have to out source that expertise at great cost and yes they are opperating borderline on costs. Yes the Govt. bankrupted the country with the great ‘Covid’ lie but no the Russians or the Chinese dont have submarines lurking in the Cook Strait but the Chinese are rolling around the floor with laughter and planning for the day they are going to be running the service. The Govt. out source everything to ‘consultants’ at great expense just to run Govt. because they are so inept at everything they do – who voted for these morons the whole ‘Hive’ needs smoking out.

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