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A BRILLIANT new ferry joins the fleet!

SeaLink's newest vessel to join the fleet - Coolgaree Cat
SeaLink's newest vessel to join the fleet - Coolgaree Cat

SeaLink North Queensland are proud to introduce our newest addition to our fleet, Coolgaree Cat.  Two years in the making, this $7.3M vessel is the latest ferry built and financed by the SeaLink Travel Group and sits at the forefront of passenger ferry design and performance.  

World renowned naval architectural firm, Incat Crowther and their principal designer Andrew Tuite worked closely with SeaLink to combine their cutting edge hull design with SeaLink's operational knowledge and experience.  SeaLink North Queensland's General Manager, Chris Briggs, has said "the result has been we've created a truly remarkable ferry in terms of its performance and capability."

Coolgaree Cat at Palm Island jetty
Coolgaree Cat at Palm Island jetty

The Coolgaree Cat heralds an entirely new standard in passenger service delivery for the Palm Island community having been purpose built and designed to meet the challenging open water conditions of the run and with a cabin design and layout reflective and responsive to the needs of our passengers. As part of the innovative design we have delivered an improved freight service which incorporates a dedicated cold freight service. 

Remarkably this vessel will operate at a faster operational speed, deliver a more stable ride and produce less emissions due to its engines, hull design and an Active Ride Control system. The vessel is powered by highly reliable V12 Caterpillar engines which are supported by SeaLink's long time partners Hastings Deering. 

Susan Pryor's artwork which adorns the exterior of Coolgaree Cat entitled 'WaddaMooli' which means Hello and Welcome
Susan Pryor's artwork which adorns the exterior of Coolgaree Cat entitled 'WaddaMooli' which means Hello and Welcome

One of Coolgaree Cat's features that SeaLink is most proud of is the strikingly good looks of the vessel through the melding of SeaLink's new corporate colours for its vessel fleet with the incredibly beautiful artwork of local Palm Island artist, Susan Pryor.  We are incredibly grateful to Susan for agreeing to create a truly unique piece of artwork. 

Susan Pryor's story behind the artwork entitled 'WaddaMooli'
Susan Pryor's story behind the artwork entitled 'WaddaMooli'


SeaLink crew with Palm Island residents welcome Coolgaree Cat with a smoking ceremony
SeaLink crew join Palm Island residents as they welcome Coolgaree Cat with a smoking ceremony

SeaLink are incredibly proud of our dedicated, passionate and hard working team in bringing Coolgaree Cat into service for the Palm Island community.  Their tireless support has been truly brilliant.