Locomotive and wagon falls into the water at Picton Habour forcing closure of the port

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Sep 01, 2021 |

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A KiwiRail locomotive and wagon fell into the water at Port Marlborough in Picton Habour this afternoon closing the port.

Port Marlborough CEO Rhys Welbourn said the incident happened by the linkspan at Berth Two.

The locomotive was being remotely controlled and nobody was injured.

Interislander services were temporarily suspended.

Mr Welbourn “we are now supporting KiwiRail and the Harbour Master in the recovery of this plant.”

He said “our two priorities are the Health and Safety of our people and all Port Users, as well as our environment.”

The Port was temporarily closed while the situation was assessed and the scene secured.

Mr Welbourn said “we are now progressively opening all areas of the Port where we can.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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