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Looks like another good day to cross Cook Strait
Looks like another good day to cross Cook Strait

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This photo is of one of the Pacifica Shipping Co Vessel heading out of Wellington and on her way to Lyttleton.
· Date: Fri, 13 October 06 · Views: 1,422
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Ngaio 62

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Registered: July 2005
Location: Wellington, NZ
Posts: 1,726
Fri, 13 October 06 20:47

Cool!
I saw this in the paper
The article was dull as dishwater being in the business section but the photo was something else.
thanks for sharing.

as for good days for crossing Cook Strait we have had a few of those lately.

Martin
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billyboy

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Registered: July 2005
Location: Philippines
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Fri, 13 October 06 22:46

watch out for the overspeed Chief!

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newda898
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Registered: June 2005
Location: mars
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Sat, 14 October 06 05:39

Wheeeee! And up.......and down.....

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lagerstedt

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Registered: October 2005
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Tue, 24 October 06 20:53

I see the Cook Strait is at it again. The Cook strait ferry "Kaitaki" took just on 9.5hrs to complete the 3hrs crossing to Wellington from Picton. They had to endue some 7 metre swells and high winds which forced the Captain to seek shelter for part of crossing. Some passengers have complained saying that the "Kaitaki" should never have left Picton in such conditions.
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Frank Holleran
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Registered: November 2005
Location: Lyttelton New Zealand
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Wed, 25 October 06 00:06

It is a mode of transport that was built for the coditions of the sea and weather, it did its job well, very well, stood up to the conditions it was built for, and the crew of the "Kaitaki" did their jobs well, nobody hurt....so many people think that the sea is a plate of glass...the media always make a pigs ear out of it to...
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Doxfordman

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Registered: March 2005
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
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Wed, 25 October 06 00:28

Just another day at sea!

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lagerstedt

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Registered: October 2005
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Wed, 25 October 06 00:52

I quite agree with you when you say some people think the strait or sea is a plate of glass. All the crews that sail the strait are very experenced and would not sail if they though the crossing would be to dangerous. Having said that though there has been one or two issues especially in the sounds which I understand have been addressed by this report to MSA. What to you guys know about these 24 (I think it is ) recommendations that have been made to MSA?

Any way there are far to many arm chair captains about and the media always overdo the reporting no matter what they are reporting on.

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Blair Lagerstedt
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Ngaio 62

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Thu, 26 October 06 18:11

The 9hr Kaitaki crossing or more accurately the response to it is asymptom of something worse in this country [nz] While people are more likely to p*$$ and moan at anything these days [I cannot recall this outpouring of public angst after rough trips in the 70's after the Wahine went down.] we are becoming anation of people afraid to do anything anymore.

We have been wrapping our selves up in the cotton wool of excessive caution and paranoia about all sorts of things. [checkout the long line of cars outside schools at 3pm]

There was no great danger as the captain used his judgement and chose not to enter a dangerous channel. He saw the weather was easing and decided to have another go.
It is now coming to the point where ferry masters will need a direct line to the MSA or God to get permission eveytime it looks a bit dicey.
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Ngaio 62

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Fri, 27 October 06 18:03

Since last Friday The maritime union has expressed concern about the company's policy re rough weather.
When I posted the above the prima facie appearance was as stated: a disaster avoided by acaptain declining to enter harbour.
Seen alongside the near miss with the Aratere in March this year I am inclined to accept there may be real cause for concern. The Maritime union is completely different to a group of discomfited and frightened passengers and a news media on the make for a story.

Martin
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Gulpers

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Fri, 27 October 06 18:21

Whilst, in comparison to the Irish Sea, the Cook Strait is a fearsome stretch of water, there were very few occasions when Kaitaki / Challenger, (originally Isle of Innisfree), was unable to make the crossing from Dublin to Holyhead.

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raybnz
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Registered: September 2005
Location: Hamilton nz
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Sat, 28 October 06 02:53

I will tread carefully here but my opinion for it may be worth is that Im starting to feel a bit sorry for the captains of these ferries.

They are dammmed if they sail by the authorities and passengers then if they dont sail they are dammed by the owners.

Apart from a few moaning sea sick passengers and a bit damage to vehicles the ship crossed safely.


Im sure the captains are no fools with many years experience and they too want to survive the trip so they wont be taking chances.

I enjoyed what I saw on the TV.Just a pity they dont install a webcam on each ferry so us old salts could sit at our computers and enjoy the action.

Bring back the Tamahine I say
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Ngaio 62

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Sat, 28 October 06 07:53

reminds me of a crossing I did on the Aramoana into a 50 knot southerly.
You could hear the odd breakage and most of us were being sick, I managed to control that problem by being active. It was like an adventure but I did experience some fear on one occaision. Though I had full confidence in those who were running the ship.
we were the last ones out sailing at 10am. once out off Terawhiti the weather cleared and Aramoana carried us across high seas under clear sky.

Martin
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Frank Holleran
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Location: Lyttelton New Zealand
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Sat, 28 October 06 17:07

Takes me back to a few crossings on the Old 'Munster' and 'Leinster' accross the Irish sea (early sixties)...and not a drop of Guinness was spilt down in the bar. I think many of the Irish Navvies going home for a break, had just as good a stomach as the crew.
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Emmanuel Makarios

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Registered: October 2006
Location: Wellington , New Zealand
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Mon, 30 October 06 15:04

Stop it ! your making me feel seasick !!!

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flyer682
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Tue, 31 October 06 02:06

Aaww, Emmanuel - still having your seasick troubles?? And after all these years....
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