GEELONG FLYER FERRY TO LAUNCH LATER THIS YEAR

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Port Philip Fer­ries says it is on track to com­mence ferry ser­vices be­tween Geelong and Mel­bourne in early De­cem­ber 2019.

The com­pany has con­firmed that it has been work­ing with Incat Tas­ma­nia to de­liver a new ferry, to be named Geelong Flyer, for the Geelong ser­vice. Incat also built the ex­ist­ing ferry, Bel­lar­ine Ex­press, which ser­vices the Por­tar­ling­ton to Dock­lands route. Ac­cord­ing to Port Philip Fer­ries, that route has seen con­tin­u­ous growth in num­bers since launch­ing in Novem­ber, 2016. Un­der con­struc­tion as Incat Hull 095, the 35-me­tre Geelong Flyer is due to be de­liv­ered prior to Christ­mas, to en­sure it is in the mar­ket for the Sum­mer peak sea­son.

It will op­er­ate a twice-daily ser­vice, dock­ing in cen­tral Geelong, ad­ja­cent to the iconic Cun­ning­ham Pier, and Vic­to­ria Har­bour, Dock­lands.

“Since our suc­cess­ful tri­als last year, we have been work­ing closely with the team at

Incat to build a new ferry that will de­light the ex­pec­ta­tions of our pas­sen­gers. The 400-seat cata­ma­ran will fea­ture in­door and out­door spa­ces, an on-board li­censed café, bike racks, charg­ing sta­tions and free Wi-fi. It will de­liver a unique, com­fort­able and re­li­able al­ter­na­tive means of trav­el­ling be­tween Mel­bourne and Geelong,” said Paul Lit­tle AO, Founder and owner of Port Phillip Fer­ries.

Incat is also cur­rently build­ing three 110m+ high speed ve­hi­cle-pas­sen­ger fer­ries; two for Europe and one for Trinidad and Tobago.

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