Arahura at Pencarrow Head in 2004 livery, prior to the 2008 refit.
|Namesake:||Māori: Pathway to Dawn|
|Owner:||New Zealand Government|
|Port of registry:||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Route:||Wellington to Picton|
|Builder:||Aalborg Vaerft A/S shipyard, Denmark|
|Length:||148 m (486 ft)|
|Beam:||20.5 m (67 ft)|
|Installed power:||Four Wärtsilä 12V32 diesel engines, each producing 3800 kW at 750 rpm|
|Propulsion:||Two KaMeWa Controllable pitch propellers, each four blades inward turning and 4.6 m (15 ft) in diameter.|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
60 rail vehicles
DEV Arahura is a roll-on roll-off diesel-electric rail ferry built in 1982 for the New Zealand Railways Corporation. She remains in service on the Interislander route across the Cook Strait in New Zealand.
Arahura was built in 1982 for the New Zealand Railways Corporation to operate on the Cook Strait route between Wellington and Picton. She was delivered in 1983, replacing the aging Aramoana and Aranui. She was designed to operate at a higher service speed than the existing ferries on the route, while reducing waves that would affect nearby beaches. This decreased the crossing times by 20 minutes. She is expected to remain in service until 2016.
The current Arahura is the second inter-island ferry to bear the name, which means "Pathway to Dawn" in the Māori language. The earlier vessel was a twin screw steam ship built for the Union Steamship Company in 1905. That ship served until the early 1950s and was sunk by the RNZAF as target practice.
On 30 September 1987, Arahura snapped her moorings and floated free, straddling Kings and Glasgow wharves in Wellington.
On 11 April 1989, Arahura rolled to 40 degrees during a routine sailing from Picton to Wellington, due to stormy conditions in Cook Strait.
In 1989, the inter-island service was re-branded as a "ferry cruise", and the livery of all the ferries was replaced with a white hull with blue and green stripes. The funnels now carried a stylized 'Pelorus Jack', a dolphin famous for assisting vessels navigating across the Cook Strait.
The liveries were changed again in 2004. Pelorus Jack was relocated to the hull and the funnels were now blue with a fern replacing Pelorus Jack.
Arahura is a diesel electric vessel. She has a fuel capacity of 450,000 litres and was built with the capability to provide power ashore for civil defence or similar emergencies providing 14 MW power - enough power to light all the houses in Wellington. During her lifetime so far, Arahura has made over 24000 return crossings across Cook Strait.
- Decks 1 and 2 are below the waterline and contain the ship's engines,control room and other machinery.
- Deck 3 is the rail deck, which can also hold motor vehicles.
- Deck 5 is the dedicated vehicle deck.
- Deck 7 contains passenger accommodations, including a play area, video arcade, food court, a cinema, and a store.
- Deck 8 contains the passenger observation decks and the Queen Charlotte Cafe and Bar
- Deck 9 houses the bridge and officers' quarters. She carries approximately 70 crew, half of whom live on-board on a 7 days on, 7 days off roster cycle.
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