PORT Philip Ferries is set to start a new ferry service between Central Geelong and Docklands, Melbourne in early December.

The announcement of the new service was made at the annual chairman’s lunch by the founder and owner of Port Phillip Ferries, Paul Little AO.

The ferry, Geelong Flyer, is to run a twice-daily service connecting Geelong commuters and leisure travellers with Victoria Harbour, Docklands. The ferry is to dock in central Geelong, adjacent Cunningham Pier.

This new service expands on the Port Phillip Ferries’ current Portarlington to Docklands service, which is said to have grown since its launch in November 2016.

Port Phillip Ferries has been working with Incat Tasmania to deliver the new ferry for the Geelong service. Incat also built the existing ferry, Bellarine Express, which services the Portarlington route.

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Geelong Flyer is due to be delivered before Christmas, in time for the summer peak season.

In a statement Mr Little said the new ferry would provide a “transport experience that the region has never before had access to”.

“Since our successful trials last year, we have been working closely with the team at Incat to build a new ferry that will delight the expectations of our passengers,” Mr Little said.

“The 400-seat catamaran will feature indoor and outdoor spaces, an on-board licensed café, bike racks, charging stations and free Wi-Fi. It will deliver a unique, comfortable and reliable alternative means of travelling between Melbourne and Geelong.”

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