SeaLink NT today has announced further investment into ferry and tourism services in the Northern Territory with the purchase of a new vessel for the Mandorah route.
According to SeaLink Travel Group Managing Director, Jeff Ellison, “we’ve seen an increase in passenger numbers on the Mandorah ferry service since we commenced the service in 2013 and we are now servicing around 130,000 trips annually. This points to confidence in the reliability and quality of our service and we’d like to thank the Cox Peninsula community for their support.”
“With the proposed settlement of the Kenbi Land Claim and a growing population in Darwin and the rural regions, SeaLink sees opportunities to expand ferry and tourism services on Darwin Harbour and will continue to invest to meet demand.” Continues Mr Ellison.
The $2.6M Incat Crowther designed vessel is currently under construction by Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart and is expected to be delivered to Darwin to commence services in mid-September.
The new 20m, yet to be named vessel will have capacity for 150 people including 120 passengers inside and will primarily be used on the growing Mandorah ferry service on Darwin Harbour.
The vessel will also support Tiwi services as required.