Wellington.Scoop » Green Gold Trophy for East By West Ferries
Press release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
East by West Ferries’ revolutionary electric harbor ferry won Green Gold at the Wellington Gold Awards this year.
Sponsored by the regional council and awarded to a company that has demonstrated sustainability excellence in its products or projects, East by West Ferries won the award for Ika Rere – the first all-electric high-speed passenger ferry in the southern hemisphere.
The locally built vessel that sails through Te Whanganui-a-Tara has a capacity of 132 passengers, with three crew members, an onboard cafe and indoor and outdoor seating options.
Nigel Corry, chief executive of the council, said Ika Rere was an example to the world.
“Built in a shed at Seaview, this fantastic example of Kiwi ingenuity has put the passenger shipping industry on high alert across the world. The dedicated team at East by West Ferries have shown what can be done with a common goal, local support, willing partners and a perspective focused on sustainability and the future.
Samantha Gain, chief executive of Metlink, said the future is bright for public transport and the environment in the region.
“East by West Ferries is making waves and it signals the beginning of the end for diesel powered passenger ferries. Matangi electric trains that we have in our area,” said Samantha Gain.
To bring the electric ferry to life, from initial designs to a fully-fledged vessel on Wellington waters, East by West has established a subsidiary in Wellington Electric Boat Building Company (WEBBC). Not to be outdone by its sister company, WEBBC also won a gold award, this time for innovation. Not a bad night for the two companies in Wellington.
Ika Rere cruises Wellington Harbor to and from Queens Wharf to Days Bay up to seven times a day, providing passengers with a sustainable and seamless journey.