More sailings of the "LeConte" have been canceled. The sailing schedule for Dec 5 has been canceled because of ongoing repairs to the vessel's bow thruster. The ferry was expected to resume scheduled service as early as Dec 6.
Drug tests administered to the crew of the "York" that crashed into a Jersey City pier on Nov 29 have come back negative. The tests showed neither the captain nor other crew members who were on the ferry at the time of the crash had drugs in their systems. The cause of the ferry crash was still under investigation. The ferry could be back in operation as early as Dec 9, depending on how its repairs go ahead and the inspection that would follow the repairs.
Stena Alegra may not be boarded by foot passengers
InterIslander has suffered yet another setback as foot passengers will not be able to board the "Stena Alegra" when it enters service on Jan 12, 2014 as the vessel was not compatible with the passenger gangways at Picton and Wellington terminals. The "Stena Alegra" will use the same berth as the "Kaitaki" in Wellington and Picton and the existing passenger gangways had been built specifically for the "Kaitaki". There would, however, be no problems boarding passengers and drivers travelling in vehicles. Teams are working on a solution for this enabling foot passengers to board by modified gangways at the "Kaitaki"'s berth. The "Stena Alegra" is due in Wellington by the end of December following a voyage from Poland. The "Stena Alegra" will do two return sailings per day from Jan 12. Two crossings will be freight only and two will be a mix of freight and vehicle passengers.