Sydney Ferries Fleet Facts

Sydney Ferries' fleet consists of 28 vessels in six classes, supported by three charter vessels.

Freshwater Class

These vessels operate the Circular Quay to Manly service and are the largest vessels in the Sydney Ferries fleet.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Freshwater 1982 1100
Queenscliff 1983 1100
Narrabeen 1984 1100
Collaroy 1988 1100

Narrabeen statistics

Length  70 metres
Displacement  1140 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 2238
Service Speed  18 knots
Crew  6
Fuel Consumption 236L/hr

Lady Class

These vessels generally operate on the Mosman Bay and Taronga Zoo service routes. The Lady Class vessels are the last in a line of what was affectionately know as "the Ladies". Lady Herron is the 20th such vessel, the first being Lady Mary built in 1892. The names of our "Ladies" were usually associated with the wives of Governors of high officials in New South Wales.

This style of ferry was originally built from timber up until 1968, when steel became the preferred material, continuing the tradition of large double-ended passenger ferries. The last wooden "Lady" retired from service in 1984.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Lady Northcott 1974 811
Lady Herron 1979 552

Lady Northcott statistics

Length  43.8 metres
Displacement  383 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 604.2
Service Speed  12 knots
Crew  4
Fuel Consumption 76L/hr

First Fleet Class

The nine single-ended First Fleet Class catamarans are named after nine of the eleven vessels in the First Fleet. They primarily operate on inner harbour routes.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Supply 1984 396
Sirius 1984 396
Alexander 1985 396
Borrowdale 1985 396
Charlotte 1985 396
Fishburn 1985 396
Friendship 1986 396
Golden Grove 1986 396
Scarborough 1986 396

Friendship statistics

Length  25.4 metres
Displacement  83 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 289
Service Speed  12 knots
Crew  3
Fuel Consumption 51L/hr

RiverCat Class

The Seven specially designed, low-wash catamaran vessels service Parramatta River. Each is named after a famous Australian sportswoman.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Betty Cuthbert 1992 230
Dawn Fraser 1992 230
Shane Gould 1993 230
Marlene Mathews 1993 230
Marjorie Jackson 1993 230
Evonne Goolagong 1993 230
Nicole Livingstone 1995 230

Shane Gould statistics

Length  35 metres
Displacement  58 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 372.8
Service Speed  22 knots
Crew  3
Fuel Consumption 87L/hr

SuperCat Class

The four catamaran vessels primarily service the Eastern Suburbs.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Saint Mary MacKillop 2000 275 (326 in daylight hours)
Susie O'Neill 2000 275 (326 in daylight hours)
Louise Sauvage 2001 275 (326 in daylight hours)
SuperCat 4 2001 275 (326 in daylight hours)

Saint Mary MacKillop statistics

Length  34.2 metres
Displacement  60 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 600
Service Speed  24 knots
Crew  3-4
Fuel Consumption 97L/hr

HarbourCat Class

The two HarbourCat vessels are the smallest in the fleet. They also provide back-up services on inner harbour routes as required.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Anne Sargeant 1998 150
Pam Burridge 1998 150

Pam Burridge Statistics

Length  27.1 metres
Displacement  34 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 600
Service Speed  22 knots
Crew  2
Fuel Consumption 45L/hr

Fantasea Charter vessels

The charter vessels, Fantasea Spirit and Fantasea Crystal, were contracted through a tender process, and now operate on behalf of Sydney Ferries.
The vessels were chosen in part for their ability to operate in the shallow waters of the Parramatta River and they operate along the Parramatta River and other routes as required.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Fantasea Spirit 2002 222
Fantasea Crystal 2002 222

Fantasea Crystal Statistics

Length  23.9 metres
Displacement  32 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 433
Service Speed  20 knots
Crew  3
Fuel Consumption 65L/hr

Captain Cook Cruises Charter vessels

The charter vessels, Rocket Jillian and Elizabeth Cook, were contracted through a tender process, and now operate on behalf of Sydney Ferries.
The vessels were chosen in part for their ability to operate in the shallow waters of the Parramatta River and they operate along the Parramatta River and other routes as required.

Vessel name Year acquired Capacity
Rocket Jillian 2013 152
Elizabeth Cook 2014 200

Rocket Jillian Statistics

Length  23.9 metres
Displacement  19 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 331
Service Speed  20 knots
Crew  2
Fuel Consumption 45L/hr

Elizabeth Cook Statistics

Length  23.9 metres
Displacement  28 tonnes
Engine Power kW 2 x 368
Service Speed  20 knots
Crew  2
Fuel Consumption 50L/hr
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