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Major disruptions expected for Bluebridge ferry passengers travelling across Cook Strait

Major disruptions are expected for passengers travelling on Bluebridge ferries between Wellington and Picton from this evening due to an engineering fault with one of the ships.

A ferry is set to be removed from service tonight due to a fault with one of the gearboxes and will be out of action for the remainder of the week as it undergoes repairs.

StraitNZ general manager commercial Ed Menzies says everything is being done to help accommodate passengers who will be affected.

"It is a hugely inconvenient time of year for this type of fault to occur and we are doing everything we can to re-accommodate our freight customers and passengers as quickly as possible."

Mr Menzies says as many customers as possible are being rescheduled onto alternative sailings and anyone that wants a refund will receive one.

"We do understand some of our customer's holiday plans have been affected and we apologise for this but unfortunately, with large vessels, sometimes this type of engineering issue can occur."

Wellington, New Zealand - February 7 2017: The ferry "Straitsman" outbound at the harbor entrance, for a run across Cook Strait to Picton. Ferries connect the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Cook Strait is notorious for its rough weather, with frequent strong winds, and strong tidal currents.
A Bluebridge ferry (file picture). Source: istock.com