Harbour City Ferries

Last updated

Predecessor Sydney Ferries
Founded28 July 2012
Area served
Port Jackson
Parramatta River
ServicesFerry operator
Parent Transdev Australasia
Website www.harbourcityferries.com.au

Harbour City Ferries is the operator of ferry services in the Sydney Ferries network, under a seven-year contract on 28 July 2012. [1] [2] [3] It is owned by Transdev Australasia. It was initially formed as a 50/50 joint venture between Transfield Services (later Broadspectrum) and Transdev Australasia. Transdev bought out Broadspectrum's 50% shareholding in December 2016. [4]

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As part of the operation contract, Harbour City Ferries leases both the Balmain Maintenance Facility and the fleet from the government agency Sydney Ferries. [5]

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As of December 2016, Harbour City Ferries employs more than 650 people and its fleet consisted of 32 vessels. [4] The government acquired six more ferries in 2017 that were added to the Harbour City Ferries fleet. [6]

In July 2019, Harbour City Ferries will commence a new contract until June 2028. [7] To coincide with the contract, Harbour City Ferries will also be rebranded Transdev Sydney Ferries. [8]

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  2. Private Operator to take control of ferry services Sydney Morning Herald 3 May 2012
  3. Steady as he goes: ferries sail into private hands Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2012
  4. 1 2 TRANSDEV AUSTRALASIA ACQUIRES 100% OF HARBOUR CITY FERRIES, Transdev Australasia, Published 8 December 2016, Retrieved 19 January 2018
  5. Annual Report 30 June 2012 Sydney Ferries
  6. Sydney Ferries Fleet Archived 2018-01-19 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 18 December 2017
  7. More ferry services for Sydney after government awards $1.3b contract Sydney Morning Herald 27 February 2019
  8. "Transdev secures €815 million Sydney Ferries renewal contract until 2028". Transdev. 7 March 2019. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.