Waiheke Marketplace : October 3rd 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, OCTOBER 3, 2012 NEWS Open the door to a whole new kitchen experience KIT3314/WM At Kitchen Studio Greenlane we offer the very latest design innovations. Let us manage your new kitchen project from start to finish and make it a pleasurable experience. Contact Suzie -- 09 579 1243 or mobile 027 255 5061 Showroom -- 415 Great South Rd, Greenlane firstname.lastname@example.org As a Waiheke resident, Suzie proudly offers Waiheke Kitchen buyers the same professional service enjoyed by her Auckland customers. NO1 FRANCHISE 2011 Editor George Gardner email@example.com Reporters Gill Alcock firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Sales Gail Hughes (manager) email@example.com Dene Priestley firstname.lastname@example.org Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady email@example.com accounts@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6,769 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered each Wednesday to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, Crown Plaza, CBD & Devonport Library). Ph 09 372 9231 Office: Mon-Fri 8.30pm-5pm 1 Tahi Road, Ostend. P.O. Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Ruby Fros supported by Michael Murphy Jupiter Project supported by Michael Murphy BUY TICKETS Gate Entry Online Adults $35 $32 Children $30 $27 JUPITER PROJECT Gangway scare for passengers By GEORGE GARDNER Left dangling: Two disembarking passengers are brought back on deck after the Starflyte leaves dock, taking the gangplank with it. Photo: KIM BRINSTER Bystanders got a shock when a ferry left the downtown wharf with two passengers dangling. Church Bay resident Kim Brinster was waiting to board the 6.30pm Fullers ferry to Waiheke at Pier 2B on Sept- ember 25 when she heard someone shout "Stop! Stop!" The Starflyte vessel had been offloading passengers who had travelled on the 5.40pm sailing from Waiheke. Ms Brinster says the boat left the dock without picking up any new passengers. "I went around to see what was happening and the board- ing ramp was dangling half off the boat with people on it." Ms Brinster says she was concerned for the dangling passengers but the Jet Raider then arrived at Pier 2B, loaded the waiting passengers and left promptly. Fullers spokeswoman Del- yth Morgan-Coghlan confirms something went wrong but that there were no casualties. "We don t like things going wrong but when they do we want to ensure everyone is safe -- that s our No 1 priority." She says offloading passen- gers from one sailing, which moves off to make way for another boat to dock, is a com- mon occurrence. "This is normal practice. "On preparing the Starflyte for its departure, the captain switches the steering and engine control from the cen- tral wheelhouse to the star- board or right-hand side of the vessel. The captain still has the mechanical control but this allows the deckhands who are tying and untying the ves- sel to have visual contact with the captain about when to untie and move off. "This time when the trans- fer happened the vessel engaged in forward gear." Ms Morgan-Coghlan says this resulted in the vessel moving forward while it was still tied to the wharf, break- ing the stern line and causing the stern of the vessel to move away from the wharf, which damaged the gangway. "At that moment there were two passengers on the gang- way, in between the wharf and the boat. They were immedi- ately brought back on board for their own safety. "One member of that family, a child, had already disem- barked and was looked after while the vessel moved around to berth 2D where the two remaining passengers were able to disembark." Maritime New Zealand was informed of the incident and Fullers internal investiga- tions are continuing, Ms Morgan-Coghlan says.
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