Minister for Transport, Veterans Affairs and Western Sydney, David Elliott, said the reintroduction of the beloved ferries has not only provided additional services for commuters but also brought an iconic tourist attraction back to the harbor from Sydney.
“As we head into the warmer months, demand for F1 services is increasing and the reintroduction of fresh waters is giving tourists, ferry enthusiasts and commuters additional travel options between Manly and the city,” said said Mr. Elliott.
“There is huge local passion for freshwater ferries and bringing them back into service on weekdays gives commuters and visitors more opportunities to experience the beautiful harbor from one of these iconic ferries.”
“The side-by-side operation of the second generation Freshwaters and Emerald Class vessels in Sydney Harbor showcases these iconic vessels alongside our modern fleet,” said Mr Elliott.
Manly member James Griffin said: “Having the freshwater ferries serving Manly seven days a week alongside the faster Emerald boat for commuters is the right balance and a great result.
Transport for NSW operations manager Howard Collins said one of the freshwater vessels, MV Collaroy or MV Freshwater, would operate Monday to Sunday with a service frequency of two hours, allowing commuters and visitors to choose their preferred ferry to cross the port. .
“Transport for NSW will refurbish the MV Queenscliff which will return to service next year to replace the MV Collaroy. A retirement and disposal plan for the MV Collaroy and the MV Narrabeen is currently being developed, including community consultation for possible reassignment of the vessels. said Mr. Collins.