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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Fleet Lists » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:48 pm

New Parramatta River timetable on Transport Info as from 18th August. It appears as though the Cockatoo Island Wharf will reopen on that day.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Fleet Lists » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:18 pm

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/n ... =editorial



Crane falls from barge into Sydney Harbour
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Crane collapses into Sydney Harbour near Luna Park
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A CRANE being used to work on a ferry wharf near Luna Park has collapsed into Sydney Harbour today, causing damage to one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks.

The crane was being used as a part of the upgrade to the Milsons Point ferry wharf just after 1pm.

Luna Park managing director Peter Hearne said a cable snapped off when the crane fell, damaging the famous smiling face at the Luna Park entry.
A crane has fallen into Sydney Harbour at a construction site near Luna Park. Picture: Richard Dobson
A cable snapped off the crane and caused damage to the Luna Park ‘smiling face’. Picture: Richard Dobson

“There’s some damage to the face where the wires hit the top when the crane collapsed,” Mr Hearne told The Daily Telegraph.

“There’s some damage you can see from ground level. We need to go up and assess the damage.”

The park was closed at the time and no one was injured.

SafeWork NSW has been notified and is responding to the incident.

The barge was being used to construct the Milsons Point Ferry Wharf, according to Daniel Da Silva, who heard the bang from neighbouring Lavender Bay.

“I heard the bang but didn’t know what it was so I jumped in the tender and raced out to see if one of our tenants’ boats had exploded,” Mr Da Silva said in a statement.
A snapped cable hangs from the front of Luna Park after crane broke. Picture: Richard Dobson

“In all my years working on the water I have never seen anything like this ... we have tourists go past that exact location almost daily, so we are lucky no one was killed.”

It is unclear at this stage what caused the incident on Waterway Construction’s barge.

Luke Bayly was sitting on the other side of the harbour when the crane fell. He later shared a photograph on Twitter.

“It was a huge bang, it startled me, I thought a bomb had gone off,” he told ABC radio.
The crane crashed into Sydney Harbour. Picture: Richard Dobson
Luna Park was closed when the incident occurred. Picture: Richard Dobson

The construction union was on the scene in the aftermath of the incident, according to CFMEU state secretary Brian Parker.

“What seems to have happened is they were lifting a block that weighs about 10 tonnes and the luffing wire has snapped and the hook, even though it is several metres off shore on the barge, the hook has ended up in the head of Luna Park,” Mr Parker told AAP on Tuesday.

Mr Parker criticised SafeWork NSW saying the watchdog had moved towards self- regulation rather than regulating the industry.

“As we have constantly said there will be a continuation of incidents ... while SafeWork hands out advisory notices that aren’t legally binding,” he said.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Mercedes3035 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:20 pm

Pemulwuy arrives in Sydney Harbour
Published 30 Aug 2017
The fourth of Sydney’s fleet of six new Inner Harbour ferries is named after Aboriginal man Pemulwuy.
Born in 1760, Pemulwuy was a member of the Bidjigal clan who were the original inhabitants of Toongabbie and Parramatta areas. Living near Botany Bay, he would hunt meat and provide it to the early colonists in exchange for other goods.

However, he soon became a leader amongst his people against European settlement.

In December 1790, Pemulwuy attacked and killed Governor Phillip’s game shooter, John McIntyre. Some believe that this was payback for acts committed against the indigenous people.

It was the start of a 12-year rebellion against the Europeans. During this time the legend of Pemulwuy continued to grow as he constantly evaded capture by the military.

In January 1795, Pemulwuy boldly ventured into the Sydney settlement to take part in the Erah ba-diang initiation ceremony at Farm Cove in which boys became men, but was not detained. Two years later, he led 100 men on a raid of a government farm at Toongabbie.

Pemulwuy was shot, wounded and captured, but soon escaped which gave rise to the belief that he was immune to the British bullets.

Eventually, Pemulwuy proved mortal and died on 2 June 1802 after being shot by British sailor, Henry Hacking.

The Pemulwuy now joins the Catherine Hamlin, Fred Hollows and Victor Chang in Sydney’s ferry fleet with the remaining two vessels scheduled for delivery later this year.

Like the other new Inner Harbour ferries, the Pemulwuy has capacity for 400 passengers, state of the art real-time journey information, wireless internet connectivity, two wide walk-around decks, storage areas for bikes and luggage.

It also has improved access for less mobile customers, including 12 wheelchair spaces and an accessible toilet.

The Pemulwuy arrived in Sydney Harbour last week and has completed its local sea trials.

The vessel will be back out on the water over the coming weeks as it completes its commissioning and crew training.


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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby jpp42 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:34 pm

Barangaroo to Manly ferry from Captain Cook starts up on 8 September:

https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-h ... ast-ferry/

They describe the 400-passenger MV Capricornian Sunrise as "the largest ferry on Sydney Harbour." I guess they've never heard of the Freshwater class?

Does anyone know what wharf they will use at Manly? Does this mean Manly Fast Ferries has to give up a few slots?
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby burrumbus » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:04 pm

Interesting new service,jpp42.The timings show its aimed mainly at peak hour commuters.The timetable show it uses Manly Hotel No 3 wharf,which is to the right of the main Manly wharf.
The current Manly services are probably the best service coverage ever with now 3 different operators running services.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Fleet Lists » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:22 am

Either Manly Wharf 2 or Manly Hotel Wharf 3 according to the timetable. The trip finder does not seem to know about it yet,
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby boronia » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:59 pm

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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Fleet Lists » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:38 pm

jpp42 wrote:Barangaroo to Manly ferry from Captain Cook starts up on 8 September:

https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-h ... ast-ferry/

Not only this but also services from Barangaroo to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Luna Park. All timetables including the Manly one are dated 13th September - they are not up on Transport Info.

New timetables for most of the Captain Cook harbour services as from tomorrow 15th September. These are up on Transport Info.

And Sydney Ferries there is a one day timetable on Saturday 16th September for the Parramatta River service - there must be a difference from the normal one but I have not found it and then an ongoing one from the next day - again not noted any difference - could be the same as the current one.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Swift » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:19 am

Went to Circular Quay on a whim yesterday, in the hope of getting a ride on a Lady ferry. Northcott was sitting at wharf 4 and I was thinking alright(!!), only for an endeavour class boat to pull behind. When I asked this rather standoffish member of staff if the lady class ferry was going for a run, he said it was going to do a charter.
This is the first time I have looked at a lady class ferry sitting right in front of me and I was struck at how modern and clean it looks!! I loved the wooden doors and it's shape. Does anyone know when I am likely to score with this lady? :oops:
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby mandonov » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:13 pm

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-ferries-t ... yqgcb.html

New ferries to cater for population boom along Parramatta River
October 2 2017

With a population boom under way in suburbs along the banks of the Parramatta River, the state government is buying four new ferries to meet growing demand for services from residents wanting to travel by water to and from Sydney's central business district.

Patronage on ferries plying the Parramatta River surged by almost 18 per cent to 259,260 passengers in July from the same month a year earlier, the latest figures from Transport for NSW show. The demand for the city's second-busiest route reflects fast-growing growing populations in spots such as Olympic Park and Breakfast Point.

Under plans to modernise Sydney's ferries, the government has begun seeking expressions of interest from shipbuilders for four ferries each capable of carrying 150 passengers.

Following selection of the successful bidder, construction of the new vessels is expected to begin next year and the first is due to sail by the middle of 2019. Four of the 11 ferries that now sail between Parramatta and the CBD are chartered.

Transport for NSW said it was turning its attention to Parramatta River customers after almost completing the introduction of six new ferries for Sydney Harbour.

"This builds on the 30 extra weekly ferry services along the Parramatta River introduced in June and further service improvements later in the year," the agency said.

Independent ferry consultant Robin Sandell said the purchase of the new vessels was likely to reflect the growing demand for services and the government's desire to reduce reliance on chartered vessels.

Roads and Maritime Services is also upgrading wharves along the Parramatta River route and has completed Olympic Park, Meadowbank, Chiswick, Huntleys Point, Drummoyne and Cockatoo Island.

A $59 million wharf capable of handling eight ferries at once opened at Barangaroo in June, which the government hopes will unlock capacity constraints on the network.

The Parramatta Rivercats that had been docking at Darling Harbour Wharf 3 on King Street Wharf, about 250 metres away, now use the Barangaroo ferry wharf.

The Liberal MP for Drummoyne, John Sidoti, said catching ferries had become increasingly popular, and one in five ferry trips in Sydney was now taken on the Parramatta River.

Meanwhile, the fifth of six new catamaran ferries for Sydney Harbour has arrived from Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat. The Bungaree will undergo trials before it is certified and pressed into service.

They are the first new vessels in the government-owned fleet since 2000 and 2001, when four SuperCats entered service.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Fleet Lists » Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:44 pm

https://transportnsw.info/news/2017/bir ... f-upgrades
Birchgrove wharf upgrades
Wednesday 04 October

From Tuesday 17 October, Birchgrove Wharf will be temporarily closed while upgrade works are underway.

The upgrades include improvements to the safety and accessibility of the wharf and changes to allow faster and more efficient boarding and disembarking of ferries. Other changes include better seating and waiting areas and improved weather protection.

The closure is estimated to last for 5 months, dependent on weather and maritime conditions.

Route 441 bus services leaving from Grove Street, Birchmore provide alternative services to the City and return or to connecting bus services on Victoria Road. The nearest alternative wharf for ferry services is Balmain Wharf.

Use the Trip Planner or download a real-time transport app to help plan your travel.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby boronia » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:36 pm

"Birchmore" ???
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby boronia » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:18 pm

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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby mandonov » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:37 pm

The new timetable will see the implementation of the Cross Harbour route from 'Sydney's Ferry Future'.

We're adding extra weekly ferry services across the transport network. This includes a new cross-harbour route linking the Eastern suburbs, Lower North Shore CBD and the Inner West, with improved links to Barangaroo.

Key changes by ferry routes from 26 November 2017:

Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay - your new line is the F4 Cross Harbour.
Eastern Suburbs, Double Bay, Darling Point, Garden Island - your new line is the F7 Double Bay.
Cockatoo Island - your new line is the F8 Cockatoo Island.

https://transportnsw.info/moving-forward/ferry
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby moa999 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:55 pm

New F3 timetable has some interesting stopping patterns and might have people swapping ferries in the peak to get to CQ vs Barangaroo.
Surprised no Balmain - Barangaroo services
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby boronia » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:14 pm

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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Swift » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:09 pm

Not such a fun day. A shame the disgusting trash spoiled things. Grow up.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby mandonov » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:58 pm

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fate-of-sydne ... z4onz.html

OCTOBER 24 2017 - 4:35PM

Fate of Sydney's last ladies of the harbour finally sealed

Matt O'Sullivan

The fate of Sydney's last two Lady-class ferries has been sealed, after about four decades plying the city's harbour.

Despite a campaign by locals and a petition, the Lady Northcott made her final regular service on Tuesday from Manly to Circular Quay, before sailing under the Harbour Bridge at about 1pm to be tied up at the Balmain Shipyard.

The other Lady-class ferry, the Herron, was berthed at the shipyard a week ago, marking the end of an era for crews and passengers alike.

Transport for NSW confirmed that both Lady-class ferries had completed their "final regular services" and would now be retired, following the entry into service of five of Sydney's six new Emerald-class ferries built in Hobart.

Lavender Bay artist Peter Kingston, who is part of a group campaigning to save the ferries, said Sydney was losing the last two heritage forms of transport, which had been a major drawcard for tourists travelling to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay.

"It is a tragedy for Sydney – the city has lost a connection with its glorious past," he said. "They were built at a time when people took a real pride in building traditional double-ended Lady-class ferries."

Mr Kingston, who has painted the Lady-class ferries for decades from his harbourside home, said locals would continue to fight for the ferries to be returned to regular runs.

"The government doesn't answer any questions that we ask them. They seem determined to get rid of the Lady-class ferries for no good reason," he said. "We are not giving up."

Sydney's Lady-class ferries were named after the wives of NSW governors, and the oldest – which have long since retired from ferry services – date to the 19th century. Some have ended up as party boats and one as a fish factory in Tasmania.

Built in Newcastle, the Lady Northcott entered service in 1975, and the Lady Herron began regular runs on the inner harbour four years later.

Crews on the Northcott have been told they will begin "consolidation training" this week on Sydney's new replacement ferries.

Transport for NSW said the Lady-class ferries were retired because maintaining the two oldest vessels in the government-owned fleet was costly.

"Their daily operating costs are double that of the newer boats, while maintenance costs are around five times more than other vessels," it said.

"It is very difficult to find spare parts and last year this saw the Lady Northcott spend two months out of service while replacement components were either sourced, or custom made."

The lead transport agency will be calling for expressions of interest to run the two oldest ferries in the fleet as a "heritage operation".

The last of the six new Emerald-class ferries arrived in Sydney from Hobart on Tuesday, and crew training has begun for a new timetable next month.

The new 35-metre catamaran ferries have cost the government almost $52 million, and will be run by the city's main private operator, Sydney Harbour Ferries.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Swift » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:34 pm

Wish I had tried harder to score a ride. It looked in magnificent condition when I had a look at it birthed at CQ.
Looks like the only PT dating from 1975 are some of the Comeng S sets on the train system, but which ones?
They are getting hard to pin down too.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby boronia » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:53 pm

Lavender Bay artist Peter Kingston, who is part of a group campaigning to save the ferries, said Sydney was losing the last two heritage forms of transport, which had been a major drawcard for tourists travelling to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay.


99+% of the tourists going to the Zoo would not be the least bit interested in what ferry they caught.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Swift » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:48 pm

Don't be so bleak Boronia. They may not appreciate the class of ferry they are on, but many would probably admire its design over the Endeavor class. Nothing wrong with the Endeavor class or even these latest ones, the harbour view is still something to behold, but they break with tradition of an enduring shape.
Let's hope they reintroduce a new lady class in the future.
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Linto63 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:03 am

Often on hot Sundays (such as expected today) a 20 minute frequency is operated on the Manly service requiring all 4 Freshwater class ferries. With the Narrabeen currently in dry dock at Garden Island, maybe Lady Northcott will need to come out to play?
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Frosty » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:16 am

Looks like only half hourly frequency today. If there is long queues they could encourage people to use the private fast ferry or catch the 170 bus from Wynyard.

The only time I see the 20 min Manly Ferry frequency is during late December into January. What is the capability of the emerald class on the Manly run ?
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Re: NSW Ferry Discussion

Postby Tonymercury » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:56 am

I don't think the back yard is long enough.....

Note that they can't even get the date right!
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