MV Aratika

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New Zealand
Name: MV Aratika
Route: Wellington to Picton
Builder: Chantiers Dubegion
Cost: $NZ 8.8 million
Yard number: 138
Maiden voyage: 1974
In service: 1974
Out of service: 1999
Fate: Sold to MBRS Lines as MV Virgin Mary in the Philippines in 1999. Scrapped in 2008
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: RORO, train ferry
Tonnage: 9,035 GT (prior to refit)
Displacement: 4089 net tons (prior to refit)
Length: 127.7 m (419 ft)
Beam: 18.7 m (61 ft)
Draft: 5.09 m (16.7 ft)
Propulsion: Twin diesel
Capacity: 840 passengers (originally 10), 70 cars (originally 4), rail wagons

MV Aratika was a ferry that served the Interisland Line, taking passengers between Wellington and Picton in New Zealand. The aging Aratika, was replaced in 1999 by MV Aratere.


Aratika entered service on Cook Strait as a purpose-built freighter ship in 1974, as a sister ship to Arahanga. In 1976 the ship went to Hong Kong for a NZ$7m dollar rebuild, that increased her passenger capacity from 10 to 840, and her car space from 4 to 70.

During her 25 years of service she had completed 27,265 crossings and traveled an overall distance of 1.4 million miles.

In 1999, she was sold to MBRS Lines in the Philippines and served as MV Virgin Mary until 2008, when she was sold to Indian ship-breakers. [1]


  • In Service: 1974-1999


  1. ^ "On the waterfront: Former ferry ready for last run". Otago Daily Times. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 

External links[edit]

  • Aratika at New Zealand Maritime Record