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Commuter Ferry Boats

Peter Maltezos's picture

Sun rises on Melbourne's first commuter ferry

May 16, 2016 - 8:14PM Aisha Dow

The Wyndham Explorer moored in Victoria Harbour on Monday. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

The sun has risen on Melbourne's first modern commuter ferry.

The Port Phillip Ferries catamaran quietly departed from Werribee South for Docklands before dawn on Monday.

The journey marked the start of an eight-week trial, which could evolve into a permanent service, and possibly be expanded to other parts of the CBD if speed limits are eased along the Yarra.

The ferry's maiden voyage left the Wyndham Harbour housing estate at 6.40am, while it was still dark and when the traffic was already beginning to thicken on the Princes Freeway.

Thirty commuters plus about 30 officials and staff enjoyed a speculator sunrise over a silhouetted city – complete with hot air balloons gliding among the skyscrapers. There were 30 passengers on the 5.40pm return trip to Wyndham.

The ferry is an initiative of former Essendon chairman Paul Little and his company, Little Group.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Interesting to see if the trial period is a success - wonder if the service could also dock somewhere near Flinders Street Station

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Andrew's picture

Too tall.

Can't go past Webb footbridge I imagine.

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