Stena Alegra to enter service on Monday

10 January 2014 12:12PM

Aratere’s interim replacement ship, Stena Alegra, will enter service on Monday 13 January with its first passenger sailing departing Wellington for Picton at 5pm. 

“Throughout the week we have been working to prepare the ship for operations, including undertaking berthing trials in both Picton and Wellington, loading and unloading equipment, ongoing familiarisation with the ships machinery, equipment and procedures. This morning, we have had further berthing trials at Picton before the ship returns this afternoon carrying freight,” says Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis.

“We had explored the possibility of the ship entering service over the weekend, a little earlier than planned, but following a review of current demand and capacity for freight and passengers have decided not to introduce additional sailings at this late stage.”

From Monday, Stena Alegra, will provide two passenger sailings per day – departing from Picton at 9am and then from Wellington at 5pm. Two crossings will be freight-only and two will be a mix of freight and vehicle passengers. Passenger sailing times have proven popular with passengers with heavy bookings in the first few weeks.

“A huge amount of effort has gone into getting the Stena Alegra ready for service. The extra capacity this new ship provides will alleviate the capacity constraint for all traffic across Cook Strait during this busy period, and we are very much looking forward to being able to offer our customers more capacity and more certainty over the coming months,” Mr Davis says.

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Issued by KiwiRail (Contact: Sophie Lee, Senior Communications Advisor, KiwiRail (04) 498 3181 or (027) 435 9464 sophie.lee@kiwirail.co.nz)