NZ Interislander Ferry to Dry-dock in Devonport

By George Backwell
Monday, September 01, 2014
Aratere: Image courtesy of KiwiRail

NewZealand's KiwiRail says that the Interislander ferry Arahura has left Wellington for her scheduled bi-annual dry-docking in Devonport, having last visited Auckland in July 2012.

Docking is being undertaken at the Devonport Dockyard under the management of Babcock’s New Zealand.  The principal work relates to the vessel’s regulatory compliance regime, which requires machinery and propulsion equipment to be inspected and if necessary, repaired.

Work to be carried out while the vessel is in dry dock  includes tail shaft removal, an overhaul of the propeller hub, and crack testing of all propeller blades and securing bolts.

Arahura’s rail deck will undergo routine track maintenance which will be completed by the KiwiRail track maintenance team.

The ship’s bow thrusters will be overhauled with the support of Rolls Royce, who are providing trained technicians for this work.

Arahura will then undergo a sea trial in the Hauraki Gulf in order to proof-test machinery and systems, as well as allowing calibration of thrusters and associated equipment.  She will then return to Wellington to resume scheduled sailings in late September.

Arahura has been a great performer for us over the years, recently celebrating her 50,000th crossing of Cook Strait.  Having this work done now allows her to return to service ahead of the beginning of the busy dairy season, the pre-Christmas freight movements, and of course our summer passenger peaks,” said Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis.

“Being down to two ships does present challenges in how we move freight and people, but with Aratere performing well and Kaitaki returning from her scheduled survey and maintenance week in Nelson on Sunday, we’re confident we can meet customer

The hull and superstructure will be thoroughly washed, prior to painting.


Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium:    Category

Windrock Names Kelleher Global Business Development Manager

Edward P. Kelleher will be assuming the new role of Global Business Development Manager – Diesel, effective December 1st.   In this role, Mr. Kelleher will be

Canada to Aid Developing Nations Fight Climate Change

Canada will provide aid to developing countries to combat climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday ahead of talks on global warming,


DP World, SCA Pact for Ain Sokhna Port Development

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World (DP World) and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport,

BIMCO Signs New LNG And Shipbuilding Supervision Contracts

The twice yearly meeting of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee took place in Hamburg on 19 November. In his first meeting as Chairperson of the Committee, Belgium’s

Extended Warranty from Yanmar for Sailboat Engines

Yanmar Marine International B.V. has introduced an extended 3 years’ period of YANMAR Limited Warranty for Sailboat Engine Models. This extended warranty of

Ship Repair & Conversion

Ship Conversion: Offshore Survey Vessel to Become a Flotel

Dutch shipowner C-Bed has contracted Wärtsilä Ship Design to supply the design for rebuilding its Seismic Survey Vessel, the Viking II, for use as a hotel vessel

Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean

MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.   The

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1522 sec (7 req/sec)