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Ferry to sail for the next three years

06 Dec 2016

By Elliana Saltalamacchia

The Docklands to Portarlington ferry has returned and will sail for at least the next three years.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced the three-year guarantee of the service. Commuters and day-trippers will be able to use the service throughout the coming summer months and over the Christmas school holidays.

“During the busy summer months when tourism swells across the Bellarine, this will be a great way to commute to the city,” Ms Neville said.

The ferry runs between Victoria Harbour and Portarlington three times a day, seven days a week, with the journey taking 90 minutes.

Work is also underway to raise speed limits on the Yarra which could take 15 minutes off the trip. Docklands News understands that a consistent increase of the river speed limit to 10 knots would save this time.

Port Phillip Ferries owner Paul Little said it was exciting to see the bay opened up for commuters.

“My vision has always been using Port Phillip Bay more effectively for commuters and visitors to our wonderful city,” he said.

“We hope to extend the service to other regions of our bay once services for Portarlington are established.”

Port Phillip Ferries resumed the ferry service on November 22 following a successful trial period that ended on October 14.

The company also discontinued a trial service between Docklands and Wyndham Harbour on August 11 and this service will not be renewed at this stage.

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