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Port Marlborough working hard to repair linkspan following recovery of locomotive

The recovery operation to retrieve a KiwiRail remote-controlled locomotive and wagon from berth two at Port Marlborough in Picton has been a success with the safe retrieval of all plant over the weekend.

Interislander services have now resumed, and the focus for the engineering team at Port Marlborough is now on repairing the linkspan and associated infrastructure, in order to reopen operations fully to the rail freight service.

“We were pleased to be able to re-establish the operations at the berth for road freight within 24 hours of the recovery. Our infrastructure and workshops teams have been working through the weekend to ensure that safe operations for road freight could resume.

“We are now in the process of repairing the lower rail span to enable full operation of the berth as soon as possible, for this vital connection in New Zealand’s supply chain.”


We would like to acknowledge the great teamwork shown by KiwiRail and their contractors, the Marlborough Harbour Master, Marlborough Commercial Divers, Kenny Barging Picton, and our Port team who also make up the majority of the regional Oil Spill Recovery team. The health and safety of all involved in the recovery and the protection of the environment were paramount, and we are pleased that the recovery process was completed without incident.


Contact: Connie Smith – Communications Manager – Port Marlborough | 0274046135 | 03 520 3303