Work underway at Picton Terminal
02 May 2016 11:11AM
Work is underway at the Picton Interislander terminal ahead of Aratere heading off to a scheduled dry-dock in Singapore.
The ship is due to leave on June 20, returning mid-August. The period of Aratere’s dry dock, will be the first time since 1962 that Interislander will not have a rail ferry operating across Cook Strait. That means that all rail freight will transferred to trailers and towed onto the ships, in the same way that road freight is currently loaded.
To make this process more efficient site works are underway at the Picton and Wellington terminals. The changes include shifting the entrance for private vehicle check-in from Lagoon Road to Auckland Street, as well as extensions to the container transfer area within the existing terminal site.
Interislander General Manager Operations Mark Thompson says the increased activity at the terminal has inevitably meant some increase in noise from the site.
“KiwiRail regrets any inconvenience caused by the work, and we are doing what we can to mitigate the effects, including looking at ways to make noise from reversing alarms less intrusive to those within earshot of the site.
“However safety is paramount so, unfortunately, some disruption is unavoidable,” Mr Thompson says.
The work is expected to be completed around the end of May, and noise levels should fall then. However there will still be increased activity till Aratere returns in August when normal rail operations will resume.
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