More ferry access around Sydney Harbour
Sydney’s new International Convention Centre (ICC) will now have a direct ferry service from Circular Quay, one of two new ferry routes likely to start by mid July 2017.
Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure confirmed two new ferry routes today, between ICC and Circular Quay and Manly and Darling Harbour including King Street Wharf.
“From today, we’ve removed the red tape for private operators allowing them to deliver more and better ferry services around our harbour including taking visitors directly to the new International Convention Centre,” Mr Constance said.
Under the new arrangements, any commercial ferry operator will be allowed to provide direct services to Convention Wharf and services between Manly and Darling Harbour without needing a passenger service contract with Transport for NSW.
“It is part of the Government’s commitment to make it easier for commercial ferry operators to initiate new routes and services.”
“This offers commuters and visitors the greatest possible range of transport options around the iconic Sydney Harbour,” Mr Constance said.
Under the changes, operators will be able to provide services in response to customer demand, all at no cost to the Government or taxpayer.
Anthony Haworth, General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises said “We are thrilled to have been granted permission by the NSW State Government, to commence a ferry service to and from the International Convention Centre (ICC) wharf”.
“By starting the ICC ferry service early next month, we will provide a simple transport solution for delegates and visitors traveling from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour to the ICC”.
Ferry operators will still need to meet rigorous safety standards under the national maritime law and arrange appropriate access with wharf owners.
The exemption from contracting requirements will commence from Friday 30 June 2017.
Find out more information on the new services via www.captaincook.com.au