River Murray Town Of Cadell To Have New Steel-Hulled Ferry By Year’s End

River Murray Town Of Cadell To Have New Steel-Hulled Ferry By Year’s End

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Third Steel Ferry Hull Set To Be Floated And Ready For Fit-Out In Morgan

Victor P Taffa

River Murray town of Cadell will have a new steel-hulled ferry by the end of the year, with the latest hull ready to be floated to Morgan for fit-out.

Steel hull was constructed by Bowhill Engineering and will be floated next week and towed to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s dockyard in Morgan.

“State Government knows how important these services are to the communities along the river.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

“We listened to the people of Cadell when we reversed a plan to close the ferry at Cadell and since then have invested millions of dollars to ensure that all of the ferry crossings have reliable services, with new steel-hulled ferries.”

It’s the third of four new steel-hulled ferries being built through the State Government’s $12.8 Million investment to upgrade ageing timber-hulled ferries.

All 3 hulls have been constructed by local South Australian business Bowhill Engineering, with the first two ferries already in operation at Lyrup and Narrung.

At Morgan, the third hull will be fitted out with above-deck equipment including engine modules, hydraulics, pneumatics, control systems, fuel tanks, cabins, a drive system and flaps.

“It has also been incredibly pleasing that we have been able to involve a local business located at Bowhill on the River Murray to build the hulls for these new ferries.” Mr. Mullighan said.

“This project is supporting jobs at Bowhill Engineering, which has a skilled workforce of about 25 people and about half of them are working on this contract.”

The ferry is expected to be commissioned at the Cadell crossing by late November 2017, weather permitting.

Fourth and final ferry will be commissioned in Tailem Bend next year, with the current steel-hulled ferry at Tailem Bend to be relocated to the Mannum upstream crossing.


Third hull will depart Bowhill Engineering on Monday 10 July, and is expected to in Morgan by Friday 14 July.

There are 12 River Murray ferry crossings at 11 locations in South Australia and currently load restrictions are in place for timber-hulled ferries at Cadell and one of the two Mannum ferries.

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure rotates the ferries between locations based on the operational demands of the crossings to maximise benefits to the community and local business.

Bowhill Engineering is an award-winning family-owned business which specialises in heavy and complex structural steel manufacturing.

It is located at Bowhill, approximately 50 km from Murray Bridge.