Kea crossing the Waitemata Harbour
|Class and type:||Commercial Passenger Ferry|
|Displacement:||341 tons |
M.V. Kea (sometimes called the Seabus Kea) is a commercial passenger ferry that operates the busy Devonport-Downtown Auckland express route for Fullers Ferries (Auckland's largest ferry operator). The Kea operates a regular service departing from Downtown Auckland every half-hour. 
The Kea can carry approximately 400 passengers on her two passenger decks, while the bridge area forms a third deck. Her distinctive design is similar to earlier Auckland ferries in that she is longitudinally symmetrical, effectively meaning that she can be driven both ways, so that no U-Turns at the starts or finishes of crossings have to be made. This enables the Kea to maintain a half-hourly express service between Downtown Auckland and Devonport.
Fullers would also prefer to commission a second ferry for the Devonport service. However (as of 2007) the investment of around NZ$ 4.5 million for a duplicate of the Kea is considered too risky.
In February 2015, the Kea was again involved in a collision, this time at the Devonport Ferry Terminal, no other vessel was involved.
- Destination History - Devonport (from the Fullers Ferries website. Retrieved 2007-09-14.)
- Company History - Growth in services (from the Fullers Ferries website)
- Maintenance programme nears completion - The Waiheke Week, 26 July 2007 Page 9
- Barton, Chris (9 April 2005). "Ferry terminals offer tickets to ride". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- "Ferry slams into Devonport Wharf". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Media related to Kea (ship) at Wikimedia Commons