Tasmanian’s can catch a glimpse of SeaLink’s brand new ferry built locally by Richardson Devine Marine as it undergoes sea trials on Hobart’s River Derwent, before heading into service next month for Bruny Island.
SeaLink Travel Group CEO Clint Feuerherdt said this new vessel is the second purpose-built ferry for the Bruny Island service, showcasing a commitment to the residents and travelers to the region.
“We have worked closely with the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) to ensure the name chosen reflects our respect and appreciation for the South East Nation.”
Senior Aboriginal woman and custodian Debbie Cowen from SETAC said “The naming of this vessel, with language from the South East Nation demonstrates to this community SeaLink’s willingness to work with our Community by acknowledging and showing respect to our people, and will be a great source of pride for generations to come.
Rodney Dillon, Co-Chair weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation would like to thank SeaLink for giving the community the opportunity for naming the new Bruny Island vessel. The South East Aboriginal language name for whale – parrabah.
Mr Dillon added “there are no words that can truly express how meaningful and powerful this gesture is”.
The vessel will officially be launched in April at a naming ceremony, however, local residents and guests will be able to experience the new vessel when it goes into service prior to the naming ceremony.
Mr Feuerherdt said “We’re pleased to have worked with local boat builders and Australian naval architects to manufacture this vessel right here in Tasmania during a time when COVID has impacted so many businesses.
“That’s a real credit to the entire build team and the local crews, as there’s no doubt it’s been a challenging time for manufacturing, especially a vessel that has many moving parts and components,” he said.
“With our two new vessels on the run at the same time, we are increasing the speed and efficiency in turn around, which will mean the potential for more departures – and more capacity daily to respond to demand to benefit the whole community.
“Our safety, customer focus and professionalism will continue to underpin our local service and we look forward to welcoming everyone on board soon,” he said.