Tuesday, March 5, 2024

New CityCat ready to prowl Brisbane harbour

Brisbane has welcomed the newest addition to its CityCat fleet, with the state-of-the-art Kurilpa II christened by swimming golden girl and Australian Olympic Gold Medallist, Libby Trickett OAM.

Civic Cabinet Chair for Transport, Ryan Murphy said the new double-decker vessel demonstrated Council’s ongoing commitment to expand the CityCat fleet and provide a high standard of public transport options in Brisbane.

“We’re grateful to have Brisbane’s very own Olympic Gold Medallist, Libby Trickett, on hand to christen Kurilpa II, in keeping with the longstanding maritime tradition to ensure good fortune and safe travel,” Cr Murphy said.

“Across her 13-year career, Libby won 24 gold medals on the international stage and certainly knows a thing or two about navigating through water.”

The word Kurilpa is derived from the Indigenous place name for West End.

“CityCats have been servicing residents along the river for more than a quarter of a century, and I think the people of Brisbane would agree that life wouldn’t be the same without these iconic vessels on our river,” said Cr Murphy.

A total of $35.6 million has been allocated to continue delivering the fleet of double-decker CityCats, with construction currently underway on CityCat 28.

CityCat 27 was built entirely in Brisbane, with local Company Aus Ships in Murarrie leading construction. A work force of 30 full-time and 30 contract workers were involved in the build, which began in April 2022.

Cr Murphy said the vessel would include upper deck shade sails to offer shading from the sun for customers, as well as USB charging, and table and lounge seating options in the main cabin.  

“These next generation CityCats place the experience of passengers at the forefront, allowing them to enjoy views of the river from several vantage points,” he said.

“Passengers will be able to ride in comfort on the upper deck, with shaded seating for 20 people allowing for river and city views. 

“Passengers in mobility devices and children can also enjoy views, with a clear viewing pane below the handrail on the front deck, and wider windows in the main cabin.

“Kurilpa II will be picking up passengers from most stops by the end of the year, with Milton, Maritime Museum and UQ St Lucia coming back online Monday 19 December, following the February flood event.”

All ferry terminals will be operational early next year, with North Quay and Regatta terminals back in service.

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