Interislander passengers are facing delays due to a gas leak in Picton.
KiwiRail confirmed an exclusion zone had been set up due to a LPG gas leak on a truck and trailer unit in a yard.
“An LPG leak has been identified on a wagon in the Picton yard. Emergency services were immediately called and an 800m exclusion zone has been implemented until a technician can isolate the fault and clearance is given,” said KiwiRail chief operating officer Todd Moyle.
A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokeswoman said a 25,000 litre tank was leaking. FENZ was notified at 6.10am.
“The port is closed,” she said. “Port staff are evacuating the port.”
NZ Transport Agency said due to the gas leak at the Interislander Terminal, State Highway 1 in Picton, near London Quay, was closed.
Port Marlborough chief executive Rhys Welbourn said they were running “limited operations”.
“There will be no more ferry arrivals until the situation is resolved.
“It’s really a Fire and Emergency controlled situation and we’re assisting them with what we can.”
They had put an “exclusion zone” in place around the KiwiRail yards which effected entry to the Port, he said.
“They’re just assessing the severity of the leak and potential repair options.”
He did not know how long the Port would be closed but expected an update in the next 30 minutes.
Two crews from Picton, two crews from Blenheim and the Nelson Hazmat truck were dispatched to the scene while the harbourmaster was preventing any ships from docking, the spokeswoman said.
A police spokeswoman said police evacuated two ferry terminals and an industrial area. They had also closed Auckland and Dublin streets.
People were advised to avoid the area.