Manly Councillor Candy Bingham is calling for the NSW Government to undertake an inquiry into the long-term suitability of the new Emerald Class ferries, after a major newspaper exposed evidence of corrosion in a less than four-year-old fleet.
In April, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed fears for the structural integrity of the current Sydney Harbour fleet of the vessels, following the discovery of corrosion in their hulls.
Major inspections by a maritime survey company, commissioned by ferry operator Transdev, found corrosion in five of the six Emerald Class ferries.
Through freedom of information laws, the paper obtained reports of inspections from 2020 showing ‘seawater entering three of the vessels’ hulls’.
The Emerald Class ferries are slated to replace the larger Freshwater Class on the Manly to Circular Quay route later this year.
Ms Bingham says she is concerned the hulls of the smaller vessels may be too thin to handle the swells which are a feature on the route.
She is calling on Council to write to the chair of the NSW Government’s portfolio committee on transport to request an inquiry be commenced and the evidence of corrosion be referred to the Office of Transport Safety Investigations.