Bass & Flinders Cruises

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Bass & Flinders Cruises
Predecessor Sydney Ferries
Founded 2009
Founder Richard Ford
Will Ford
Headquarters Sans Souci, Sydney, Australia
Area served
Botany Bay
Port Jackson
Services Ferry operator
Parent NRMA
Subsidiaries Manly Fast Ferry
Website www,

Bass & Flinders Cruises is an Australian ferry operator on Botany Bay and Port Jackson


Since January 1965, the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company and its successors had operated high speed hydrofoil and later JetCat services between Circular Quay and Manly.[1]

In December 2008, the New South Wales State Government, decided the Sydney Ferries JetCat service would cease and called for tenders to operate the service on a commercial basis.[2]

Bass & Flinders Cruises trading as Manly Fast Ferry commenced operating the service on 10 February 2009 on an interim basis until March 2010.[3]

On 1 April 2010, Sydney Fast Ferries commenced a five-year franchise to operate the service.[4][5] The service only operates during peak-hour on weekdays.[6] However Manly Fast Ferry continued to operate services between Circular Quay Wharf 6 and Manly East Pier via Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay.[7]

In July 2014, expressions of interest were sought for the next franchise with Bass & Flinders Cruises, SeaLink Travel Group, Sydney Fast Ferries and Transit Systems responding.[8][9][10] In December 2014, the franchise was awarded to Bass & Flinders Cruises.[11][12]

Operations commenced on 1 April 2015 with three existing vessels from Bass & Flinders fleet along with two leased vessels. Four new Incat built vessels were delivered by the end of 2015, two were 24 metre ferries and two were 33 metres.[13][14][15] In 2017 the company ordered a third 33 metre fast ferry from Incat.[16]

Bass & Flinders also operate an Eco Hopper tourist hop on/hop off service around Sydney Harbour from Darling Harbour to Manly calling at nine locations.[17]

In December 2017 the business was purchased by the NRMA.[18]