Transdev Brisbane Ferries
|Tilly (Natalie) Loughborough - Managing Director|
Number of employees
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.
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. In December 1998 services east of Norman Park were withdrawn.
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 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.
All services were suspended on 10 January 2011 due to severe weather prior to the 2011 Brisbane floods. 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. Partial CityCat and CityFerry services recommenced on 14 February 2011, using fifteen repaired wharves. Six of the remaining wharves opened using rescued and repaired pontoons on 18 April 2011.
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.
In order to revitalise patronage on the inner city ferry route, the council converted it into a free service targeted at tourists in 2012. As part of this change, three of the existing fleet of ferries were painted red to be dedicated to the route, named CityHopper.
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.
Since 2016, Transdev Brisbane Ferries and Transdev Queensland (buses in Brisbane) share the same website and the brand Transdev Brisbane, but remain distinct and separate operations.
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.
CityFerry is a cross-river service at three locations.
As at December 2018, Transdev Brisbane Ferries's fleet consisted of 21 CityCats, 3 CityHoppers and 6 CityFerries. The 22nd CityCat will be delivered in 2019. 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). Apart from the support vessels, the fleet is owned by Brisbane City Council and operated by Transdev.
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). All CityCats are operated by a crew of three - a master, a deck hand and a ticket seller.
First generation CityCats have a capacity of 149 passengers.
|Kurilpa||503575300||Brisbane Ship Constructions||November 1996||West End|||
|Mirbarpa||503575600||Brisbane Ship Constructions||November 1996||Indooroopilly||||Brisbane Broncos rugby league team|
|Barrambin||503575500||Brisbane Ship Constructions||November 1996||Breakfast Creek||||Commemoration of 20 Years of CityCat services|
|Tugulawa||503575400||Brisbane Ship Constructions||November 1996||Bulimba||||Brisbane Bandits baseball team|
|Mianjin||503575800||Brisbane Ship Constructions||December 1996||Gardens Point|||
|Binkinba||503575700||Brisbane Ship Constructions||December 1996||New Farm||||Brisbane Bullets basketball team|
|Mooroolbin||503575900||Brisbane Ship Constructions||October 1998||Hamilton Sandbank||||"Team Brisbane" wrap designed by artist Debra Hood for the 2016 Team Brisbane CityCat Wrap competition|
|Baneraba||503576100||Brisbane Ship Constructions||December 1998||Toowong||||Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament|
Second generation CityCats have a capacity of 162 passengers.
|Beenung-urrung||503576200||Norman R Wright & Sons||August 2004||Highgate Hill||||Brisbane Lions AFL team|
|Tunamun||503576300||Norman R Wright & Sons||June 2005||Petries Bight||||Brisbane Roar Football Club (soccer)|
|Meeandah||503576400||Norman R Wright & Sons||February 2008||Meeandah||INAS Global Games 2019|
|Wilwinpa||503576500||Norman R Wright & Sons||June 2008||obervatory||||Brisbane Heat Twenty20 cricket team|
|Ya-wa-gara||503576600||Norman R Wright & Sons||November 2008||Breakfast Creek||||Brisbane International tennis tournament|
|Mahreel||503576700||Norman R Wright & Sons||April 2009||Spring Hill||||2018 Commonwealth Games|
Third generation CityCats have a capacity of 162 passengers.
|Kuluwin||503576800||Norman R Wright & Sons||February 2010||Wooloowin|||
|Gootcha||503576900||Norman R Wright & Sons||July 2010||Toowong||||Based on artist Judy Watson's 1998 artwork 'Shoal'|
|Walan||503577100||Norman R Wright & Sons||December 2010||Herston||Anzac centenary commemoration|
|Mudherri||503577200||Norman R Wright & Sons||July 2011||Murarrie||||Queensland Reds rugby union team|
|Spirit of Brisbane||503586200||Norman R Wright & Sons||October 2011||||Commemorates the city's recovery following the 2011 Brisbane floods.|
|Nar-dha||503017210||Norman R Wright & Sons||November 2014||Nudgee||||The 2014 G20 Brisbane summit|
|Gilwunpa||503025670||Norman R Wright & Sons||June 2015||Nundah||||Queensland Firebirds|
A fourth generation "SuperCat" will be delivered in 2019. It will have a capacity of 178 passengers, including 16 on an open upper deck.
|Mermaid||N.R. Wright and Sons||1987||78|
|Doomba||4902QE||Norman Park Boat Builders||1989||SS Doomba||78|
|Otter||N.R. Wright and Sons||1989||78|
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.
|Bulimba||N.R. Wright and Sons||1984||Bulimba||53|
|Lucinda||Norman Park Boat Builders||1986||Lucinda||53|
|Koopa||Norman Park Boat Builders||1986||SS Koopa, the Bribie Island ferry from 1912 to 1963||53|
|Gayundah||Norman Park Boat Builders||1986||HMQS Gayundah||54|
|John Oxley||N.R. Wright and Sons||1990||John Oxley||54|
|Kalparrin||Queensland Port Servicves||1993||54|
TransDev owns two support vessels.
|Tenacity||River Connections||1991||Maintenance barge|
|Tenacious||Aus Boats||1993||Fuel barge|
The wharves are given in geographical order, heading upstream along the Brisbane River.
SE = SpeedyCat Express (weekday peak)
CC = CityCat
CH = CityHopper
CF = CityFerry (cross river)
|New Farm Park||●||●|
|Howard Smith Wharves||Opens 2020|
|Eagle Street Pier||●||●|
|South Bank 3||●|
|QUT Gardens Point||●|
|South Bank 1 & 2||●|
|West End||●||Blue CityGlider|
|University of Queensland||●||●||UQ Lakes busway station|
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). No ferries were lost.
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