30 Oct 2019

Brisbane's first double-decker CityCat hits the water

Brisbane's first double-decker CityCat is ready to join the city's river fleet and will be pressed into service from November.

The 43-tonne boat was lifted from the warehouse in Murarrie where it was constructed and placed in the water on Tuesday morning, the first of seven double-decker ferries planned by Brisbane City Council.

Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the first of the double-decker CityCats had been constructed entirely in Murarrie by local company Aus Shops.

The cost of one boat was $3.7 million.

“This new vessel is for the residents and visitors to our river city, so having it built by a local company along the banks of the Brisbane River made perfect sense,” Cr Schrinner said.

“This vessel is truly Brisbane, with everything from the design to the construction done right here in Brisbane by our highly skilled local residents."

Cr Schrinner allocated $30 million over the next four years to construct seven double-decker CityCats to boost the city's ageing fleet and replace the Generation Two CityCats.

Brisbane has 21 CityCats: eight were built under former lord mayor Jim Soorley between 1996 and 1998, six between 2004 and 2009 and seven between 2010 and 2015.

The new double-decker vessel is the same length as the previous vessels - 27.2 metres - with a stairway at the rear to allow passengers to go to an upstairs deck, where there are 16 seats.

The ground-floor layout has been modified to include six wheelchair spaces including two spaces with outside access.

The view from downstairs will not be interrupted by the skipper's wheelhouse, which sits on the top level.

The double-decker ferry will allow passengers to travel on both decks when it launches for public service in November after several weeks of staff training and trials.

- with Tony Moore

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-s-first-double-decker-citycat-hits-the-water-20191022-p5332d.html

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