Interisland ferry service cancelled

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The Interisland ferry services have been cancelled because of Covid-19 cases among the crew.

About 55 Interisland ferry staff have COVID-19 or are isolating as close contacts, forcing the cancellation of Cook Strait crossings.

The cancellation disrupts around 900 passengers who were booked to travel between Picton and Wellington.

New Zealand’s safety and marine regulations mean passenger ships must have a minimum number of specialised staff for each crossing.

Currently, the Interisland ferry requires all passengers to show proof they’re fully vaccinated or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of their trip.

A Bluebridge spokeswoman said while some of their staff also have the virus the company hasn’t had to cancel any sailings.

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