In 2005, Transit Systems entered the marine passenger transport market through the acquisition of a commuter ferry service operating in Moreton Bay, Queensland.
Over the next 10 years the marine operations were expanded, making the company the largest private ferry operator in Australia, with a fleet of 33 vessels providing passenger and vehicular ferry services to Curtis Island (Gladstone, Queensland), Stradbroke Island (Moreton Bay) and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
In November 2015, Transit Systems announced the sale of its marine operations to the SeaLink Travel Group.
Vessel Procurement Expertise
As the owner of all the vessels it operated, Transit Systems has unrivalled vessel procurement expertise.
The fleet procurement program involved the replacement of the ageing propeller powered fleet with Transit Systems’ revolutionary water jet powered "Eco Jet Cruiser" passenger ferries. The Eco Jet Cruisers were the result of extensive research, testing and stakeholder engagement to allow high speed passenger ferry transportation to continue to operate in the environmentally sensitive Moreton Bay Marine Park.
The success of Transit’s Eco Jet Cruiser project led to the development of the Enviro Cat, a 400 passenger, 35 metre catamaran with similar environmental features to the Eco Jet Cruisers. The Enviro Cats have been developed to provide a fast, comfortable, high volume marine passenger transportation service.
Infrastructure Development Capability
Transit Systems has a history of developing and owning key transport infrastructure in order to support its operations. In relation to ferries, Transit Systems owned and operated various marine infrastructure assets in Gladstone, Cleveland, Dunwich and on the Southern Moreton Bay islands.
Transit Systems worked with naval architects to designing its marine infrastructure assets to ensure the most effective outcomes were achieved. This reflects the importance Transit Systems places on its supporting infrastructure, understanding that these assets are critical to achieving the most efficient operations, particularly in terms of reliability and safety.