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Aratere Interislander Ship - Extension confirmed

Posted by Heidi on 16 October 2010

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Exciting News - Aratere Interislander Ship Extension Confirmed

Aratere will be sailing away to Singapore in March 2011 for a major extension project. The ship will be cut in two and a fabricated section will be inserted then she will be put back together. This will see Aratere lengthened by over 30 metres !
During the project a new more streamlined bow section will be added improving carbon footprint while smoothing the journey across the Cook Strait (between the South and North Island of New Zealand).
The elongated bow will add a further 4.3 m - taking the Aratere's length on return to a Kaitaki sized 183m !

A few facts:
Passenger Capacity will increase from 360 to 600
30% more freight & vehicle space
Aratere Plus Premium this space !

The Aratere Ship is scheduled to return to New Zealand at the end of August 2011 - in time for the Rugby World Cup demand !

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