Today Captain Cook Cruises unveiled and Christened Beatrice Bush – the first Sydney Harbour mobile passenger terminal pontoon. Beatrice will allow for Captain Cook Cruises to operate a long awaited charter ferry service from the city to White Bay to service the burgeoning cruise market.
Beatrice Bush Pontoon
Beatrice Bush, named after the colourful local Balmain and Rozelle identity,will be stationed at White Bay and the ferry service will coincide with all cruise ship arrivals and departures at the White Bay Cruise Terminal from August 2015.
The 15 minute ferry service will provide a quick and efficient transfer option for all cruise ship passengers and crew.
According to Anthony Haworth, General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises, “White Bay Cruise Terminal has always been hard to access for interstate, international and even local passengers.”
“The cruise market has been crying out for a ferry service for a long time, but one has not been possible due to the lack of docking facilities for ferries.”
“With the construction of Beatrice Bush complete we can now not only operate our convenient charter Ferry Service from the city direct to White Bay but use Beatrice Bush all over the harbour.” Continues Mr Haworth.
Beatrice Bush was christened today at White Bay by Father Michael Ryan and officially launched by Malu Barrios, General Manager from AEG Ogden.
The first pontoon of her kind on Sydney Harbour, Beatrice Bush was designed and constructed in Australia and is 16 metres in length. Beatrice is a rapidly deployable mobile ferry pontoon able to access anywhere in the harbour where there is no passenger wharf.
Beatrice Bushwill be put to immediate use transferring guests to the Sydney Boat Show being held at the temporary Exhibition Centre opposite White Bay from July 30 to August 3, 2015.
L to R- Father Michael Ryan, Malui Barrios (AEG Ogden), Anthony Haworth (Captain Cook Cruises), Roz Jackson (Captain Cook Cruises) and Lester Coombes (Captain Cook Crusies)