Australian State Minister for Transport in New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced the commencement of the design process for the new fleet of ferries for Sydney Harbour. Local naval architects One2three have been appointed to prepare concept designs for six new ferries before a major construction tender goes out later this year. The new ferries will be designed to carry up to 400 passengers and will operate in the inner harbour.
“The government is providing new ferries in 2016 as part of a 20-year plan to modernise and expand Sydney’s ferry network,” Ms Berejiklian said. "Titled 'Sydney’s Ferry Future', the plan is our blueprint to expand the ferry network and cater for future growth with new ferries, upgraded wharves, additional routes, improved travel times and more services.”
Ferry Accident in South Korea
As the ferry industry’s trade association, Interferry wishes to express its deepest condolences to everyone affected by the recent tragedy in South Korea. Fatal ferry accidents are rare in developed countries such as this but that does not diminish the industry’s ongoing commitment to advancing safety measures even further. Interferry stands ready to assist the relevant authorities in understanding the causes and then communicating the results to ensure any necessary modification of equipment, design, operational procedures, training, regulations or enforcement are implemented.
Although Interferry has no members in South Korea, we are always concerned about ferry safety matters in any part of the developed or developing world. We have been working in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a number of years on efforts to improve ferry safety in developing countries where most of the accidents occur. The government of South Korea has provided assistance in these efforts in Bangladesh and Indonesia.