13 Dec 2023

Cruise ship chaos: Port boss makes promise to ferry commuters

From Checkpoint, 6:07 pm on 13 December 2023

Visiting cruise ships are causing commuter chaos in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.

On Tuesday evening the Celebrity Edge broke its moorings in high winds at Princes Wharf. That meant 10 commuter ferries had to be cancelled and others were left bobbing in the harbour unable to dock until the cruise ship was secured.

It is not the first disruption caused by a passenger ship; earlier this week several ferry services were cancelled because of a medical incident.

On Wednesday evening more commuter ferries are cancelled and some delayed due to the cruise ship departing - a regular occurrence during the season.

Port of Auckland CEO, Roger Gray explained what happened with the mooring.