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Sailing between Sorrento & Queenscliff

Two vessels, MV Sorrento and MV Queenscliff, sail between Sorrento and Queenscliff criss crossing the bay 24 times a day, 365 days a year. That's over 8,700 crossings per annum!

The twin hull vessels are specially designed to operate in all weather conditions ensuring consistency of service for customers. Each vessel holds approximately 80 vehicles and 700 passengers.

The original, smaller ferry, MV Princess, operates during summer and peak days when required and also substitutes the larger ferries when at dry dock (annual maintenance). 

THE MV QUEENSCLIFF

Built in Port Lincoln, South Australia in 1993   Refurbished Launceston, Tasmania 2011

Technical Specifications

The “Queenscliff”, built in 1993 in Port Lincoln, South Australia, by Port Lincoln Ship Construction Pty Ltd, is a catamaran-design vessel which ensures maximum stability and passenger comfort.

Length on deck: 60.10 metres
Length between perpendiculars: 54.00 metres
Moulded breadth: 16.4 metres
Depth to main deck: 4.2 metres
Draft: 2.3 metres
Displacement (loaded): 950 tonnes
Fuel: 80,000 litres
Fresh Water: 14,000 litres                                                                        Sullage: 14,000 litres
Ballast: 140,000 litres


Vehicle Capacity

Main Deck: 56 cars or a combination of 30 cars & 7 tourist buses or trucks
Mezzanine Deck: 24 Cars
Passenger Capacity: 700
Service Speed: 11 knots

Engines: 2x KTA38

THE MV SORRENTO

Built in Launceston, Tasmania in 2001

Technical Specifications

Length: 61.4 metres
Length waterline: 57.0 metres
Beam: 17.4 metres
Depth to main deck: 4.5 metres
Draft: 2.3 metres
Displacement (loaded): 750 tones
Tonnage: 3,200 GRT
Fuel: 80,000 litres
Main Engines: 2 x Cummins KTA38-M2, 1300hp at 1800rpm
Propulsion Thrusters: 2 x Ulstein Aquamaster US1201 CRP Azimuth
Side Thrusters: 2 x Kamewa Ulstein 45 TV controllable pitch; 300kw/18
Auxillary Engines Motor: Cummins KTA38/Onan 837 for bow thruster
Generators 2 x Cummins 6BT 5.9 G2M gensets

Vehicle Capacity

Main Deck: 56 cars or a combination of 30 cars & 7 tourist buses or trucks
Mezzanine Deck: 24 Cars
Passenger Capacity: 700
Service Speed: 11 knots

Builder Peninsula Searoad Charters Pty Ltd
Sub Builder Southern Marine Shiplift Pty Ltd
Designer Seward Maritime
Construction Steel hulls & decks, steel & aluminium superstructure