SeaLink Travel Group launched its new AU$2.6m catamaran, the Elizabeth Cook, in Sydney today.
The latest vessel to join the Captain Cook Cruises Sydney Harbour Fleet is a 24m Rocket catamaran, designed to be eco-friendly and equipped with the latest technologies to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Elizabeth Cook, named after Captain James Cook’s wife, was designed in Sydney by Incat Crowther and built in Tasmania by Richardson Devine Marine.
She is the first true multi-purpose boat and will operate as a ferry, transfer service, and sightseeing cruise ship.
Elizabeth Cook will be certified to carry 127 passengers in coastal operation and 198 passengers in harbour operation.
The catamaran features two levels including a main passenger cabin with seats for 116 passengers and 31 seats located on the lower outside deck. Upstairs, an open upper deck has seating for 51 passengers, with standing room for sightseeing.
Managing director at SeaLink Travel Group, Jeff Ellison, said: “We believe this is a prototype for the future. As well as being eco-friendly and cost efficient, Elizabeth Cook offers large windows, a professional marine interior and a 360-degree viewing sundeck.”
Elizabeth Cook was first blessed by Father Dooley before Lucy Hughes Turnbull , chair of the Committee for Sydney, broke a champagne bottle across the bow to mark the official launch.