Collision between Passenger Ferry Waitere and a recreational vessel near Paihia, Bay of Islands, 13 April 2023
The reported circumstances were that a recreational vessel collided with a passenger ferry in the Bay of Islands between Russell and Paihia. The ferry skipper sustained serious injury as a result of the collision and was flown to hospital. The impact of the collision caused extensive damage to the ferry’s hull structure and the ferry subsequently sank. The Commission issued a Protection Order to prohibit any person from entering and accessing the passenger ferry, Waitere and the recreational vessel involved in the accident unless permitted by the Commission.