Brisbane City Council has chartered a fleet of four mini catamarans to stand in for its ageing and suspended cross-river ferries, with the lord mayor blaming border restrictions for delays on starting the repairs.
So far only one of the vessels, which have been dubbed “KittyCats” and can carry up to 60 passengers, has arrived in Brisbane from Sydney. The other three will soon be piloted up from New South Wales to undergo modifications for Brisbane River conditions before crews are trained.
Commuters can expect the fleet to begin running the still-suspended routes from early November, when RiverCity Ferries takes over operation of the CityCat and ferry fleet.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the sleek ships would be a “very different look” compared to the older, mostly wooden-hulled ferries, some of which have been in service for more than 30 years.