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Interislander Ferry Delays Prompt Concerns About Safety and Reliability

Interislander Ferry Delays Prompt Concerns About Safety and Reliability

The Interislander ferry service, operated by KiwiRail, is facing increased criticism and concern over its reliability and safety after a recent fault

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The Interislander ferry service, operated by KiwiRail, is facing increased criticism and concern over its reliability and safety after a recent fault left passengers stranded overnight. The Kaitaki ferry experienced a problem during its journey to Picton, leading to an overnight anchor in Wellington harbour. Commuters and transport experts are raising alarms about the ongoing delays and disruptions, especially for time-sensitive freight like food and livestock.

Transporting New Zealand’s interim CEO expressed fears that if the ferry issues aren’t addressed, they could lead to a fatal incident, particularly in high-risk areas. Federated Farmers also highlighted the impact on livestock transfers and animal welfare. KiwiRail has promised improvements and apologized for the disruptions.

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