Transperth Ferry To Be Delivered By Western Australia Boatbuilder

Transperth Ferry To Be Delivered By Western Australia Boatbuilder

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

Western Australia Boatbuilder To Deliver New Transperth Ferry

Victor P Taffa

  • Western Australia boatbuilder Dongara Marine to construct new ferry
  • Ferry to be built at the company’s facility at Port Denison
  • $2.6 Million project to add to the existing 2-vessel fleet

A regional Western Australian boatbuilding company has been selected to deliver the next generation Transperth ferry.

“I am pleased to announce this important piece of public transport infrastructure will be made right here in regional Western Australia.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.

“Company employs 30 full-time staff and has a long history of manufacturing in Western Australia. It was established in 1975 by co-director John Fitzhardinge, who built his first boat at just 9 years old.”

$2.6 Million project, awarded to Dongara Marine, will deliver the 3rd ferry in the Transperth fleet, after the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and the MV Phillip Pendal.

Ferry will be built at Dongara Marine’s Port Denison facility and, during peak construction, will create 3 additional local jobs, including 1 apprentice.

New ferry will have 148 seats and an on-board toilet, and will be marginally longer, sleeker and faster than the 2 existing ferries to help maintain the very busy ferry timetable.

Ferry is a crowd favourite in Transperth’s recent passenger survey, 99 % of passengers said they were satisfied with the service.

Though the new vessel will be designed to be suitable for journeys longer than the existing Elizabeth Quay-South Perth route, there are no current plans to expand the service.

After the new ferry is launched, all 3 ferries will be rotated through service. The MV Shelley Taylor-Smith Transperth’ oldest ferry will be used predominantly as a reserve and to provide extra capacity on special occasions.

A 3rd ferry will also give Transperth greater flexibility during regular maintenance periods.