Sydney's Ferry Fleet

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Project overview

Sydney’s Ferry Fleet received a boost with six new Inner Harbour ferries and added Inner Harbour routes.

Key benefits

  • A simpler and more efficient ferry fleet that can carry more passengers
  • A faster, safer, more comfortable and accessible travel experience
  • Capacity to service new routes and stop at new wharves

Sydney’s transport needs are growing and changing, which creates a need for new ferries. We have initially introduced six new Inner Harbour ferries to meet this demand, as part of Sydney’s Ferry Future plan.

Increased ferry services are run around the needs of both business and leisure passengers. New east-west Inner Harbour routes began in 2017 between Watsons Bay and Cockatoo Island, and now use new wharves, including the Barangaroo Ferry Wharf.

The new Inner Harbour ferries were designed by Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, and have the following features:

  • Capacity for up to 400 passengers
  • Two wide walk-around decks
  • Accessibility for the less mobile and young families
  • Bicycle and luggage storage
  • Wi-fi access
  • Real time journey information
  • 12 wheelchair spaces
  • Rapid and safe boarding
  • Reduced travel times

The names of the new emerald class ferries were chosen by the public as part of the Name Your Ferry competition. The six ferries were named the Catherine Hamlin, Fred Hollows, Victor Chang, Pemulwuy, Bungaree and Ferry McFerryface. All vessels are now in service.

Roads and Maritime Services are also upgrading wharves along Parramatta River. They have now completed Sydney Olympic Park, Meadowbank, Chiswick, Huntleys Point, Drummoyne and Cockatoo Island.

Project status:

  • Six new Inner harbour ferries in service during 2017.
  • The first vessel was named The Catherine Hamlin after a pioneering Australian doctor following a public competition to name the new fleet.