In December 2018, Dongara Marine secured a government contract to build a new ferry for Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority.
Secured through an open, competitive tendering process, this project delivered the third ferry in the Transperth fleet, after the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and the MV Phillip Pendal.
Built entirely at our Port Denison facility, the new aluminium catamaran has 148 seats and an on-board toilet, and is marginally longer, sleeker and faster than the two existing ferries to help maintain the very busy ferry timetable.
Though the new catamaran ferry is designed to be suitable for journeys longer than the existing Elizabeth Quay to South Perth route, there are no current plans to expand the service.
After the ferry was delivered, all three ferries will rotate through service on the Swan River. The third ferry also give Transperth greater flexibility during regular maintenance periods. Following completion of its construction MV Tricia joined the Transperth system in December 2019, less than a year after contract award.
“They have delivered a ferry that locals and tourists will enjoy travelling on for years to come.”
Hon Rita Saffioti, BBus MLA – Minister for Transport - Government of Western Australia