Sydney's Ferry Fleet

Reviewed

Project overview

Sydney’s Ferry Fleet is getting a boost with six new ferries, added Inner Harbour service routes and a new-look Parramatta River vessel.

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 Inner Harbour and Parramatta routes and stop at new wharves

Status

In progress

Sydney’s transport needs are growing and changing, which creates a need for new ferries. We will initially introduce six new vessels to meet this demand, as part of Sydney’s Ferry Future plan. Stage two is also underway to develop a new style of ferry for the Parramatta River.

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

The new ferry catamarans, designed by Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, will 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

Sydney’s Ferry Fleet project will not only meet current demand, it will future proof our services. Our aim is to operate and maintain the fleet more efficiently. It has been almost 17 years since we introduced four Supercats and the majority of vessels are now 20-30 years old. Maintaining a newer, well-designed fleet is a better, more economical option over time.

Roads and Maritime Services also plan to upgrade wharves along Parramatta River and construct a new wharf at Rhodes.

Project status:

  • Six new vessels will be on the water during 2017
  • The first vessel will be named The Catherine Hamlin after a pioneering Australian doctor following a public competition to name the new fleet