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Sun Ferry Services Company Limited
FormerlyNew World First Ferry Services Limited
Typesubsidiary
IndustryTransportation
Founded1999
Headquarters
Hong Kong
OwnerChu Kong Shipping Enterprises (100%)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese新渡輪服務有限公司
Simplified Chinese新渡轮服务有限公司
JyutpingSan1 dou6 leon4 fuk6 mou6 jau5 haan6 gung1 si1
Cantonese YaleSān douh lèuhn fuhk mouh yáuh haahn gūng sī
Hanyu PinyinXīndùlún fúwù yǒuxiàn gōngsī
Sun Ferry
Traditional Chinese新渡輪
Simplified Chinese新渡轮
JyutpingSan1 dou6 leon4
Cantonese YaleSān douh lèuhn
Hanyu PinyinXīn Dùlún
Literal meaningnew ferry
former name
Traditional Chinese新世界第一渡輪服務有限公司
Simplified Chinese新世界第一渡轮服务有限公司
JyutpingSan1 sai3 gaai3 dai6 jat1 dou6 leon4 fuk6 mou6 jau5 haan6 gung1 si1
Cantonese YaleSān sai gaai daih yāt douh lèuhn fuhk mouh yáuh haahn gūng sī
Hanyu PinyinXīnshìjiè dìyī dùlún fúwù yǒuxiàn gōngsī
Literal meaningNew World First Ferry Services Limited
Websitewww.sunferry.com.hk

Sun Ferry Services Company Limited, formerly New World First Ferry Services (in short New World First Ferry, First Ferry or NWFF), is a ferry service company in Hong Kong. The company was established in November 1999, when it took over the eight licensed ferry routes transferred from Hongkong and Yaumati Ferry in January 2000.[1][2]

Background[edit]

When the company commenced its service on 15 January 2000, it bought 14 ferries and rented seven hovercraft and catamarans from its predecessor. Since then it has introduced 10 fast vessels on Outlying Islands routes to phase out the rented vessels and to improve services.

It used to have a subsidiary, New World First Ferry Services (Macau) (abbreviated New World First Ferry (Macau)), which operated a fast ferry service between Kowloon (China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui) and Macau (Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier). In 2011, it was sold to Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited, the owner of TurboJET.[3] That subsidiary has now been renamed.[4]

Routes[edit]

It operates the following routes:

Ceased routes:

Inter-cities

  • Hong Kong to Macau (sold to TurboJET in 2011)

Fleet[edit]

Fast ferry New Ferry II (type Flying Cat) for Outlying Islands Routes and the Macau service
Fast ferry New Ferry LXXXII (type Austal 48m) for the Macau service
Fast ferry New Ferry LXXXIII (type Austal 48m) for the Macau service
Triple decker ferry Xin Guang
Hong Kong Victoria Harbour First Ferry Xin Guang
Hong Kong Victoria Harbour First Ferry IX

Current fleet[edit]

New World First Ferry Current Fleet[5][better source needed]
Name Type Reg Year Built Builder Seats Notes
Xin Zhong (新忠) Double-decker ferry A3763 1982 Hong Kong Shipyard 652 ex-Man Chung (民忠)
Xin Ying (新英) A3873 1982 Hong Kong Shipyard 574 ex-Man Ying (民英)
Xin Jie (新傑) A4123 1983 Hong Kong Shipyard 647 ex-Man Kit (民傑)
Xin Fa (新發) Triple deck ferry A3623 1981 Hong Kong Shipyard 1138 ex-Man Fat (民發)
Xin Chao (新超) A4413 1983 Hong Kong Shipyard 1645 ex-Man Chiu (民超)
Xin Guang (新光) A4413 1985 Hong Kong Shipyard 1416 ex-Man Kwong (民光)
Xin Fei (新飛) A4623 1986 Hong Kong Shipyard 1460 ex-Man Fee (民飛)
Xin Guo (新國) A4773 1988 Hong Kong Shipyard 1576 ex-Man Kwok (民國)
First Ferry III (新輝叄) High Speed Craft A10003 2000 Marinteknik (Singapore) Shipyard 428 ex-Aquan III
First Ferry V (新輝伍) High Speed Craft A10013 2000 Marinteknik (Singapore) Shipyard 428 ex-Aquan V
First Ferry VI (新輝陸) High Speed Craft A10043 2001 Marintekink (Singapore) Shipyard 423 ex-Aquan VI
First Ferry VII (新輝柒) High Speed Craft A10053 2001 Marinteknik (Singapore) Shipyard 428 ex-Aquan VII
First Ferry VIII (新輝捌) High Speed Craft A10153 2002 Marinteknik (Singapore) Shipyard 428
First Ferry IX (新輝玖) High Speed Craft A10293 2003 Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding, Guangzhou 235
First Ferry X (新輝拾) High Speed Craft A10313 2003 Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding, Guangzhou 235
First Ferry XI (新輝拾壹) High Speed Craft A10343 2003 Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding, Guangzhou 235
New Ferry II (新輪貳) Jet catamaran A9843 1993 Kvaerner Fjellstrand 433 ex- HKF II
First Ferry XVIII (新輝拾捌) A143810 1994 Austal Shipyard 440 ex-SHUN JING in Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises, start service in Sun Ferry on 1 October 2020
HEY Launch A8163 1995 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 333 Owned by Fortune Ferry
Sing Way 18 Launch A8173 1995 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 333 Owner Sing Wai Launch Service Co
Full River Launch A8723 1995 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 294 Owned by Fortune Ferry
Sing Wai 6 Launch A8813 1995 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 328 Owner Sing Wai Launch Service Co
Lucky Jumbo Launch A8973 1995 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 400 Owner : Sing Wai Launch Service Co
Plenty River Launch A8983 1995 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 352 Owned by Fortune Ferry
Sing Way 11 Launch A9693 1998 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 369 Owner : Sing Wai Launch Service Co
Ming River Launch A9883 1999 Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Company 397 Owned by Fortune Ferry

Former fleet[edit]

New World First Ferry Former Fleet[6]
Name Type Reg Year Built Builder Seats Notes
Xin Xian (新顯) A4083 1982 Hong Kong Shipyard 618 ex-Man Heen (民顯); sold in 2009 as security patrol boat and renamed Glenn Victory
Xin Xing (新興) Triple deck ferry A3343 1981 Hong Kong Shipyard 1298 ex-Man Hing (民興); sold to Huizhou in 2010
First Ferry I (新輝壹) High Speed Craft A9543 1997 Afai Shipyard 200 ex-Aquan One; sold to Vietnam in 2011
First Ferry II (新輝貳) High Speed Craft A9893 1999 Afai Shipyard 288 ex-Aquan Two; sold to Vietnam in 2011
New Ferry I (新輪壹) N/A 1993 Kvaerner Fjellstrand 433 ex- HKF I; sold to Turkey in 2008
New Ferry III (新輪參) A9863 1993 Kvaerner Fjellstrand 433 ex- HKF III; sold to Indonesia in 2012
New Ferry V (新輪伍) A10023 2001 Damen Shipyard 406 sold to TurboJET renamed Universal MK V
New Ferry VI (新輪陸) A10143 2002 Damen Shipyard 406
New Ferry LXXXI (新輪捌拾壹) N/A 2002 Austal Shipyard 414 sold to TurboJET renamed Universal MK2013
New Ferry LXXXII (新輪捌拾貳) N/A 2002 Austal Shipyard 414 sold to TurboJET renamed Universal MK2014
New Ferry LXXXIII (新輪捌拾叁) N/A 2002 Austal Shipyard 414 sold to TurboJET renamed Universal MK2015
New Ferry LXXXV (新輪捌拾伍) N/A 2004 Austal Shipyard 418 sold to TurboJET renamed Universal MK2016
New Ferry LXXXVI (新輪捌拾陸) N/A 2004 Austal Shipyard 418 sold to TurboJET renamed Universal MK2017
New Ferry LXXXVII (新輪捌拾柒) N/A 2007 Austal Shipyard 418 (Bought by TurboJET in summer 2008 before its launch & renamed Universal Mk 2011 (宇航2011))
New Ferry LXXXVIII (新輪捌拾捌) N/A 2007 Austal Shipyard 418 (Bought by TurboJET in summer 2008 before its launch & renamed Universal Mk 2012 (宇航2012))
First Travel XXXI (新旅遊參拾壹) Tour boat N/A 2003 Austal Shipyard 367 sold to Tianjin in 2007
First Travel XXXII (新旅遊參拾貳) Tour boat A10373 2003 Austal Shipyard 352 sold to Indonesia in 2012
Sado (海榮) HM527 N/A 1984 Hovermarine International 200
Mondego (海華) HM527 N/A 1984 Hovermarine International 200
Tejo (海富) HM527 N/A 1983 Hovermarine International 200
Sing Wai 28 Monohull N/A 2002 Henry Shipbuilding, Zhuhai 97 Owner Sing Wai Launch Co
King Dragon 3 Monohull N/A 1995 Cheoy Lee Shipyard 97 Owner Vicky Transportation Co
Hung Wai 11 High Speed Craft N/A 1997 Choey Lee Shipyard 208 Owner Sing Wai Launch Service Co
Laissez Faire 33 High Speed Craft N/A 1997 Choey Lee Shipyard 201
Fiord High Speed Craft N/A 1997 Choey Lee Shipyard 208 Owned by Sing Wai Launch Service Co
Expenses 6 High Speed Craft N/A 1997 Choey Lee Shipyard 207 Owned by Sing Wai Launch Service Co
New Ferry XXV (新輪貳拾伍) Support Vessel N/A 1974 Hong Kong Shipyard 45 ex-HYF 11

Ownership[edit]

New World First Ferry was owned by NWS Holdings via NWS Transport Services.[7] In the past, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, parent company of NWS Holdings, owned 50% shares of NWS Transport Services until 2016.[8]

New World First Ferry and NWS Holdings are named after New World Development, the flagship listed company of Chow Tai Fook group.

In May 2020, New World First Ferry was sold to Chinese government owned Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises.[9] Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises is the parent company of Chu Kong Passenger Transport, which offers inter-cities passenger liner, for cities of the Pearl River Delta. Chu Kong is the alternative transliteration of Pearl River.

Following the sale, formal registration of the change of company name to Sun Ferry Services Company Limited took effect on 7 January 2021 in Hong Kong's Companies Registry.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HK Ferry (Hold) & New World Dev Joint Announcement Hong Kong Stock Exchange 2 November 1999
  2. ^ "Milesstones 1999". NWS Holdings. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. ^ About Us TurboJET
  4. ^ "SHUN TAK - CHINA TRAVEL MACAU FERRIES LIMITED :: Hong Kong :: OpenCorporates". opencorporates.com. 7 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. ^ "List of vessel on Company website".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Guy Photo Collections Archived 3 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Citybus & NWFB - Members of NWS Holdings - Company Structure". New World First Bus. Retrieved 8 November 2018.[dead link]
  8. ^ "About Citybus and NWFB > History". Hong Kong: NWS Transport Services. Retrieved 9 November 2018.[dead link]
  9. ^ Moon, Louise (4 May 2020). "Hong Kong's New World First Ferry Services to be acquired by Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. Retrieved 21 December 2020.

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