NEW EMERALD CLASS FERRIES ARRIVE IN SYDNEY
Three brand new Emerald Class ferries, set to service customers on the F1 Circular Quay – Manly route, have arrived in Sydney Harbour from Port Macquarie.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said all three vessels will begin sea trials shortly to prepare them for passenger service, expected in the coming months.
“It’s great news to have these ferries in Sydney which means we are one step closer to putting these state-of-the-art vessels into customer service,” Mr. Constance said.
“These ferries are purpose-built to operate in heavy swells. They are also fully accessible, significantly reduce carbon emissions, and will allow for more weekly services to be added to this busy route to better suit the needs of customers.”
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said a number of minor modifications to improve customer comfort and accessibility, as well as ease of operation for crew, have already been made to each vessel.
“Sydney Ferries operator, Transdev, will continue to work closely with its employees as part of this upcoming sea trials phase to ensure these vessels meet the strictest of safety standards before entering into customer service,” Mr. Collins said.
Mr. Constance said the ferries, along with ten new River Class vessels, were built by Australian shipbuilder Birdon, with all design work undertaken in Australia.
“Throughout the design and build of these ferries there’s been a strong focus on Aussie involvement with 70 percent of the total program of work benefitting homegrown Aussie suppliers and creating local jobs,” Mr. Constance said.
The introduction of the new Emerald Class vessels, which are named after popular Sydney beaches Fairlight, Clontarf, and Balmoral, will coincide with the retirement of the MV Queenscliff and MV Narrabeen.
Transport for NSW will update the community about the farewell plans for these two vessels soon.