The new Bruny Island ferry will be ready to hit the water soon. It is the first of a two-ferry purchase by operator Sealink.
The high speed ferry should be a welcome addition to the Bruny Island run this summer. It will be complemented by significant land-side infrastructure, to be announced soon, which will enable Sealink to operate to their full capacity.
The $7.5 million, 45 metre vessel is expected to provide a more reliable, efficient and comfortable service for passengers.
Sealink awarded both of its two ship building contracts to local company Richardson Devine Marine. The company has already commenced construction on the second new ferry for the Bruny Island service. This second ferry is scheduled to be delivered in 2021.
The two new ferries will combine with landside infrastructure upgrades and new schedules, resulting in faster turnaround times and a greater crossing capacity.
The new Sealink ferries will eventually replace the Mirambeena and Bowen vessels currently in service.
Customer reviews of the Bruny Island ferry service have been mixed in recent years. While many have been satisfied, some travellers have pointed to service delays and poor staff attitudes. 10% of reviews on Trip Advisor rate the Sealink ferry connection as average, poor or terrible.