First Southern Hemisphere electric ferry launches in Wellington

Built by Wellington Electric Boat Building Company (WEBBCo) for local ferry company, East By West, the New Zealand-developed vessel is the first fully electric high performance passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The carbon-fibre 19 metre, 135 pax ferry will be providing a round trip service in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour). Powered by partners Meridian Energy, the vessel will transport passengers from Wellington CBD to Days Bay and Matiu/Somes Island.

East by West Managing Director Jeremy Ward says, “While the quiet hum of an electric boat is a much more pleasurable experience for passengers, this project is driven by our desire to take climate action.”

Lightweighting and composites experts and suppliers, Gurit, were brought in to develop a composite solution which offered not only structural integrity, but also manufacturing efficiencies.

Click here for more on GURIT’s composites for use in commercial vessels and workboats. Click through for the WEBBCo media release.

Photo credit: Simon Hoyle at Southlight Studio