SeaLink ferry services to and from Kangaroo Island have been disrupted due to the annual survey and maintenance of one ferry and an untimely mechanical breakdown on another ferry.
Mr Jeff Ellison, SeaLink's Managing Director, said early services at 6.00am and 7.30am today operated as normal.
“Unfortunately services have had to be cancelled for the rest of the day and for tomorrow,” he said.
Mr Ellison said it was expected normal services would resume at some stage on Thursday.
“This is most unfortunate and we understand it is causing inconvenience to many of our passengers and residents but we are working around the clock and doing everything we can to enable both of these ferries to be back in operation as quickly as possible,” he said.
“The 'Spirit of Kangaroo Island' ferry is up on the slip at the moment down at Techport at Osborne having its annual survey and maintenance work done, and the 'Sealion 2000' ferry which is the sole operating ferry at present, is having some mechanical difficulties so we have had to take her out of service too.”
About 300 people on the island due to travel back to the mainland today and tomorrow have been impacted by the disruption which has also delayed deliveries of food, fuel and other supplies.
“Ferrying supplies to the island will be a priority once services resume,” he said.
Mr Ellison said the luxury 50-metre 'Sealion 2000' ferry had suffered gearbox troubles and work to rectify the problem was being carried out at SeaLink's Cape Jervis terminal.
All customers are being contacted and alternative arrangements are being made including alternative travel dates and refunds where possible.
Visitors on the island are being contacted by SeaLink to help arrange extended accommodation or transport with Rex Airlines.
For further information and updates, please call SeaLink on 13 13 01 or visit sealink.com.au
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The SeaLink Travel Group, established in 1989 is one of SA’s top 100 businesses and includes ferry operations to Kangaroo Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands in New Zealand and to Magnetic Island, Townsville.
It also operates 4WD, coach touring and charter businesses, wholesales to the trade, operates three retail travel agencies in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, a ski holiday transport and packaging business to the Victorian Alps, Vivonne Bay Lodge on Kangaroo Island and manages the Adelaide Central Bus Station facility for the Adelaide City Council.
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