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Vice-regal launch

05 Feb 2018

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Victorian Governor Linda Dessau on December 21 launched in Docklands a brand new ferry to service the Portarlington commuter route.

The 400-passenger craft, Bellarine Express, is faster than the original boat and is expected to take significant time off the journey if open-water speed restrictions are eased.

Little Group chairman Paul Little spoke at the launch about the opportunity the new service will offer for travellers.

“Victoria is growing more rapidly than any other state in Australia. Everyone knows the frustrations of traffic congestion and ferry travel offers a safe and reliable alternative,” Mr Little said.

Bellarine Express features a licensed cafe on board, bike rack storage, free Wi-Fi, charging stations for electronic devices and better table and seating configurations, including drop-down tables on the back of seats.

“Featuring low emission engines, Bellarine Express is one of the most environmentally friendly ferries travelling Australian waters. And with the latest designs to increase speed, it’s also one of the most efficient,” Mr Little said.

The ferry service has moved to new jetty installations adjacent to the Cow up a Tree sculpture on Harbour Esplanade. The former Hortus café has been transformed into a terminal for passengers and office for administration.

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