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$74m bill boosts case for NZ dry dock

Oliver Lewis
Mon, 06 Sep 2021

In the past 10 years, KiwiRail's ferries have collectively travelled more than 54,000 nautical miles for offshore servicing. (Image: Supplied)
Oliver Lewis
Mon, 06 Sep 2021
In the past decade, KiwiRail has spent about $74 million sending its ferries offshore for dry docking.The figure, obtained by BusinessDesk under the Official Information Act (OIA), helps support the economic case for a New Zealand dry dock capable of servicing larger vessels.According to the OIA, KiwiRail has sent its three Interislander ferries — Kaitaki, Kaiarahi and Aratere — to offshore dry docks in Brisbane, Sydney and Singapore 11 times since 2011. The total budgeted spend for the trips was about $74.6m, inclusive of fuel...

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