Transdev Brisbane Ferries

Transdev Brisbane Ferries (formerly Metrolink Queensland & TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries) is the operator of the Brisbane City Council's ferry network under the TransLink integrated public transport scheme on the Brisbane River.

Transdev Brisbane Ferries
PredecessorRiver Connections
SuccessorRiver City Ferries
FoundedNovember 2003
Headquarters,
Australia
Area served
Brisbane River
Key people
Bruno Lancelot (Head of Business Operations)
ServicesFerry services
Number of employees
240
ParentTransdev Australasia
Websitewww.transdevbrisbane.com.au/brisbane-ferries/about/

HistoryEdit

 
The CityCat and CityFerry flotilla returning to the Brisbane River following the January 2011 floods

[clarification needed].

In August 1991, River Connections took over the operation of Brisbane City Council's fleet of Cityferries. CityCat services began in November 1996 with six vessels, each capable of carrying 149 passengers, with two further vessels added to the fleet in 1998.[1] In December 1998 services east of Norman Park were withdrawn.[2]

In November 2003, Metrolink Queensland (a joint venture between Transdev and Transfield Services) was contracted to operate CityCat and Cityferry services for seven years.[3]

In 2004, when Translink was established, the first second generation CityCat (Beenung-urrung) was introduced and passenger numbers increased by 26%. Late 2004 saw the restructuring of the Cityferry network which included more late night services. In response to the 31% increase in demand for CityCat services in 2005, another second generation CityCat (Tunamun) was introduced.

In January 2007, services were reinstated to Apollo Road.[3]

In 2008, Metrolink Queensland was rebranded as TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries, to align with the TransdevTSL branding of Transdev and Transfield joint ventures across Australia. Also in 2008, three new CityCats (Meeandah, Wilwinpa and Ya-wa-gara) were launched and the Apollo Road wharf was reopened. In 2009 and 2010, three new CityCats (Mahreel, Kuluwin and Gootcha) were added to the fleet. Early 2010 saw the introduction of three express services during morning peak times. The second and third generation vessels have a capacity of 162 passengers.[3][4]

In November 2010, a new contract for 10 years commenced.[5] In December 2010 the joint venture was dissolved with Transfield Services selling its shares to Transdev.[6]

All services were suspended on 10 January 2011 due to severe weather prior to the 2011 Brisbane floods.[7] While the CityCat and ferry fleet escaped damage by mooring downstream at the Rivergate Marina or Manly harbour, much of the infrastructure was damaged or destroyed by the floods, causing services to be cancelled indefinitely.[8] Partial CityCat and CityFerry services recommenced on 14 February 2011, using fifteen repaired wharves.[9] Six of the remaining wharves opened using rescued and repaired pontoons on 18 April 2011.[10][11]

In 2010, Transfield sold its 50% share in TransdevTSL, and all TransdevTSL operations including Brisbane Ferries became 100% Transdev owned. In March 2011, Transdev merged with Veolia Transport (parent of Veolia Transport Queensland) to form Veolia Transdev.

The upgraded West End was opened at the end of July 2011.[12] A new terminal at Northshore Hamilton opened in October 2011.[13]

In order to revitalise patronage on the inner city ferry route, the council converted it into a free service targeted at tourists in 2012.[14] As part of this change, three of the existing fleet of ferries were painted red to be dedicated to the route, named CityHopper.[15]

In July 2013, Veolia Transdev was renamed back to Transdev (with a different logo). As part of the rebranding, TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries was rebranded as Transdev Brisbane Ferries, and became a subsidiary of Transdev Australasia.[16]

All ferries were suspended 25 July 2020, due to safety concerns over the ageing fleet.[17] From 7 August CityCats started servicing Holman St.[18]

Transdev Brisbane Ferries will cease operating on 3 November 2020, with the next contract awarded to River City Ferries.[19]

ServicesEdit

CityCatEdit

CityCat services operate from University of Queensland to Northshore Hamilton calling at West End, Guyatt Park, Regatta, Milton, North Quay, South Bank, QUT Gardens Point, Riverside, Sydney Street, Mowbray Park, New Farm Park, Hawthorne, Bulimba, Teneriffe, Bretts Wharf and Apollo Road. Not all CityCat services stop all stops, with some peak time express services operating.[20]

CityHopperEdit

CityHopper is an inner city service between North Quay and Sydney Street, stopping at South Bank, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street and Dockside.[21]

CityFerryEdit

CityFerry is a cross-river service at three locations.[22]

FleetEdit

As at December 2018, Transdev Brisbane Ferries's fleet consisted of 22 CityCats, 3 CityHoppers and 6 CityFerries.[23] The fleet has grown in size to cater for the significant increase in patronage on CityCat ferry services (by 88% in the last six years).[24] Apart from the support vessels, the fleet is owned by Brisbane City Council and operated by Transdev.[25]

CityCatEdit

The CityCat vessels are catamarans, and named after the Aboriginal place names for various parts of the Brisbane River and adjacent areas (with the exception of the 19th CityCat, the Spirit of Brisbane, which honours the 2011 flood recovery volunteers[26]). All CityCats are operated by a crew of three - a master, a deck hand and a ticket seller.

On 26 November 2019, Transdev Brisbane Ferries commenced operating the new double-decker CityCat, Yoogera, on behalf of Brisbane City Council. Yoogera is the first of the Fourth Generation CityCats, of which Council plans to introduce 7 by 2023. It is the twenty-second CityCat to be built.

First generationEdit

First generation CityCats have a capacity of 149 passengers.[25] These are to be replaced by additional fourth generation vessels.[27]

Name MMSI Call sign Builder Launched Namesake Reference Wrap Theme Image
Kurilpa 503575300 11930QE Brisbane Ship Constructions November 1996 West End [1] Brisbane City Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white  
Mirbarpa 503575600 11930QE Brisbane Ship Constructions November 1996 Indooroopilly [1] Brisbane City Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white  
Barrambin 503575500 12013QE Brisbane Ship Constructions November 1996 Breakfast Creek [1] Commemoration of 20 Years of CityCat services  
Tugulawa 503575400 12014QE Brisbane Ship Constructions November 1996 Bulimba [1] Brisbane Bandits baseball team  
Mianjin 503575800 12132QE Brisbane Ship Constructions December 1996 Gardens Point [1] Brisbane City Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white  
Binkinba 503575700 12133QE Brisbane Ship Constructions December 1996 New Farm [1] Brisbane Bullets basketball team  
Mooroolbin 503575900 20481QE Brisbane Ship Constructions October 1998 Hamilton Sandbank [1] "Team Brisbane" wrap designed by artist Debra Hood for the 2016 Team Brisbane CityCat Wrap competition  
Baneraba 503576100 20854QE Brisbane Ship Constructions December 1998 Toowong [1] Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament  

Second generationEdit

Second generation CityCats have a capacity of 162 passengers.[25]

Name MMSI Call sign Builder Launched Namesake Reference Wrap Theme Image
Beenung-urrung 503576200 26483QE Norman R Wright & Sons August 2004 Highgate Hill [28] Brisbane Lions AFL team  
Tunamun 503576300 26579QE Norman R Wright & Sons June 2005 Petrie Bight [29] Brisbane Roar Football Club (soccer)  
Meeandah 503576400 28744QE Norman R Wright & Sons February 2008 Meeandah [30] INAS Global Games 2019  
Wilwinpa 503576500 28744QE Norman R Wright & Sons June 2008 Old Observatory[31] [32] Brisbane Heat Twenty20 cricket team  
Ya-wa-gara 503576600 27885QE Norman R Wright & Sons November 2008 Breakfast Creek [33] Brisbane International tennis tournament  
Mahreel 503576700 27885QE Norman R Wright & Sons April 2009 Spring Hill [34] 2018 Commonwealth Games  

Third generationEdit

Third generation CityCats have a capacity of 162 passengers.[25]

Name MMSI Call sign Builder Launched Namesake Reference Wrap Theme Image
Kuluwin 503576800 29438QE Norman R Wright & Sons February 2010 Wooloowin [35] Brisbane City Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white  
Gootcha 503576900 29440QE Norman R Wright & Sons July 2010 Toowong [36] Brisbane City Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white  
Walan 503577100 29439QE Norman R Wright & Sons December 2010 Herston [30] Anzac centenary commemoration  
Mudherri 503577200 29437QE Norman R Wright & Sons July 2011 Murarrie [12] Queensland Reds rugby union team  
Spirit of Brisbane 503586200 29436QE Norman R Wright & Sons October 2011 [37] Commemorates the city's recovery following the 2011 Brisbane floods.  
Nar-dha 503017210 A3K0202 Norman R Wright & Sons November 2014 Nudgee [38] The 2014 G20 Brisbane summit  
Gilwunpa 503025670 32038QE Norman R Wright & Sons June 2015 Nundah [39] Queensland Firebirds  

Fourth generationEdit

Seven fourth generation CityCats are being delivered from late 2019. They have a capacity of 170 passengers, including 20 on an open upper deck, plus more space for wheelchairs and bicycles than earlier generations. The vessels which each cost $3.7 million, are being constructed at Murarrie by Aus Ships.[40][41][42]

In December 2019, Brisbane City Council awarded Aus Ships a contract for an additional six fourth generation CityCats to replace the first generation vessels at a cost of $3.73 million each.[27]

Name MMSI Call sign Builder Launched Namesake Reference Wrap Theme Image
Yoogera 503092890 Aus Ships October 2019 Mouth of Breakfast Creek [43]  
City Cat 23 Aus Ships Temporary yard name
City Cat 24 Aus Ships Temporary yard name
City Cat 25 Aus Ships Temporary yard name
City Cat 26 Aus Ships Temporary yard name
City Cat 27 Aus Ships Temporary yard name
City Cat 28 Aus Ships Temporary yard name

CityHopperEdit

CityHopper is the inner city ferry service. These are powered by 134 kW (180 hp) Scania engines, have a maximum speed of 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) and are operated by a crew of one.[25]

Name Call sign Builder Launched Namesake Passengers Image
Mermaid 4372QEC Norman R Wright & Sons 1987 HMS Mermaid (1817), ship used by John Oxley who expored the Brisbane River in December 1823 78  
Doomba 4902QE Norman Park Boat Builders 1989 SS Doomba 78  
Otter 4908QE Norman R Wright & Sons 1989 78  

CityFerryEdit

CityFerry covers shorter distance and cross-river services. These are powered by 86 kW (115 hp) Perkins engines, have a maximum speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) and are operated by a crew of one.[25]

Name Call sign Builder Launched Namesake Passengers Image
Bulimba Norman R Wright & Sons 1984 Bulimba 47  
Lucinda 1185QE Norman Park Boat Builders 1986 Lucinda 47  
Koopa 1124QE Norman Park Boat Builders 1986 SS Koopa, the Bribie Island ferry from 1912 to 1963 47  
Gayundah 1283QE Norman Park Boat Builders 1986 HMQS Gayundah 47
John Oxley 6950QE Norman R Wright & Sons 1990 John Oxley 47
Kalparrin 9570QE Queensland Port Services 1993 An Aboriginal word meaning "to help carry a load"[44] 47

Support vesselsEdit

TransDev owns two support vessels.[25]

Name ID Builder Launched Type Image
Tenacity River Connections 1991 Maintenance barge
Tenacious Aus Boats 1993 Fuel barge

Ferry networkEdit

The wharves are given in geographical order, heading upstream along the Brisbane River.

Wharf Stopping pattern
SE = SpeedyCat Express (weekday peak)
CC = CityCat
CH = CityHopper
CF = CityFerry (cross river)
Connections
SE CC CH CF CF CF
Northshore Hamilton  
Apollo Road  
Bretts Wharf  
Bulimba  
Teneriffe   Blue CityGlider
Hawthorne  
New Farm Park
Norman Park
Mowbray Park
Sydney Street
Dockside
Howard Smith Wharves Construction commences late 2020[45]
Holman Street
Riverside
Eagle Street Pier  
Thornton Street
Maritime Museum
South Bank 3
QUT Gardens Point
South Bank 1 & 2
North Quay
Milton  
Regatta  
Guyatt Park
West End   Blue CityGlider
University of Queensland   UQ Lakes busway station

Wharf damageEdit

 
Damaged West End ferry wharf, 2011

In January 2011, all of the wharves were damaged or destroyed during the Brisbane floods and the services were suspended indefinitely. Ten wharves had minor damage (Bretts Wharf, Apollo Road, Teneriffe, Bulimba, Hawthorne, New Farm Park, Mowbray Park, Dockside, Riverside, Guyatt Park), six had moderate damage (Norman Park, Eagle Street Pier, Thornton Street, River Plaza, South Bank 3, South Bank 1 & 2) and seven required rebuilding (Sydney Street, Holman Street, QUT Gardens Point, North Quay, Regatta, West End, University of Queensland).[46] No ferries were lost.[47]

It was expected that the infrastructure repairs would take months to replace.[48] Temporary facilities were operating at most terminals by mid-April 2011.[49]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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