For well over 145 years our world-famous Cook Strait Ferries have been connecting passengers, vehicles and freight between the North and South Islands.
The Government has just shared it's latest announcement that the tide is turning and soon it will be time to retire the current fleet of our Interislander Ferries, replacing them with two fancy new Ferries!
The benefit will be that these Ferries will be more advanced in all aspects. They will be rail-enabled, sophisticated with enhanced technology and produce lower carbon emissions!
After spending their life at sea, battling the wind, waves and environment, each vessel endures around 4,500 trips between Wellington and Picton and combined carry around 800,000 passengers every year!
Once retired, how could the ferries be reused and 'up-cycled'?
We're always up for creative thinking at SeaLogs so after some deliberation between the crew, here are the Top Four Ideas: