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The MV Freshwater has returned to customer service after a major $7 million makeover to improve customer comfort and accessibility.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the significant overhaul was required to ensure the iconic 40-year-old vessel can continue to serve customers on the F1 Circular Quay – Manly route for the years to come.
“In addition to the required essential maintenance, this makeover was all about giving this majestic vessel, the oldest in the Freshwater fleet, a new lease of life. It will also bring it closer into line with some of our more modern vessels by offering improved levels of comfort and accessibility for customers,” Mr Constance said.
The makeover includes brand new flooring, lighting, painting, CCTV, PA systems and improved accessibility for people with disabilities, limited mobility and parents with prams.
Regular maintenance activities were also carried out including taking the 1100 tonne vessel out of the water for thorough inspections as well as critical work to maintain the hull, rudder and propellers.
The work began in late February and has taken more than 100 days to complete, with more than 100 staff and contractors involved across a variety of maritime engineering and trade roles including boilermakers, shipwrights, painters, plumbers and electricians.
Member for Manly James Griffin said his local community admires the Freshwater and they will be pleased to see her carrying customers again.
“As a community, we’ve fought hard to show this Government that the Freshwater is an important part of our lives so it’s great to see this work is now complete, and she can resume her rightful place back out on the water where she belongs,” Mr Griffin said.
Throughout the project, the equivalent of around 3,500 days of work was delivered. The MV Freshwater was the first of four Freshwater vessels to enter passenger service in 1982.
This article first appeared on www.transport.nsw.gov.au
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