Transport Accident Investigation Commission is now investigating last night’s ferry incident

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jun 22, 2024 |

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is now investigating last night’s ferry incident.

As first reported by Chris Lynch Media, the Aratere ferry ran aground on Friday night.

Interislander General Manager Duncan Roy said the Interislander ferry Aratere ran aground shortly after leaving Picton at 9.45pm, following a steering failure.

“It was a freight only sailing with eight commercial vehicle drivers and 39 crew on board .

There were no injuries and the vessel is watertight.”

The Chief Investigator of Accidents Naveen Kozhuppakalam has appointed a team of investigators who will be on site later today.

“We’re gathering all the usual evidence and data for the start of this sort of investigation – including bridge voice and voyage data recordings and any video footage,” said Mr Kozhuppakalam.

Colin Aitchison

Colin Aitchison

“Our investigators will be inspecting the ship, seeking and recovering electronic records and interviewing vessel crew, port authorities, and witnesses.

“Getting the facts straight is vital, so we’re keen to hear from passengers on board – especially those who have relevant video footage.”

Anyone with such information can email TAIC at [email protected].

Typically, the investigation team’s evidence collection work is broad at first to support the many routes that an investigation could follow. The initial focus is on gathering evidence that could disappear or change – including memories while they’re fresh in people’s minds.

TAIC is also interested in the vessel itself, its individual history, performance, maintenance, equipment and design.

Transport Minister Simeon Brown said on Friday night that he had been advised there was no indication of injuries, danger to life or danger of oil pollution to the marine environment.

“The vessel is watertight. Both KiwiRail and Maritime NZ are actively dealing with the situation.”

It’s hoped the ferry will be re-floated this morning.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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