Peninsula Princess (Australia)

The Peninsula Princess is a single ended roll-on/roll-off vehicle ferry owned by Peninsula Searoad Transport of Victoria, Australia. It operated between the heads of Port Phillip Bay between the towns of Queenscliff and Sorrento from 1987[1] to 1993.[3] It was replaced by the MV Queenscliff.

The ferry in 2008
Name: Peninsula Princess[1]
Operator: Peninsula Searoad Transport Pty Ltd
Port of registry:  Australia
Builder: Stuart Ballantyne, ASD Marine Construction
Laid down: Carrington Slipways, New South Wales, Australia
Completed: 1987
Out of service: 1993
Identification: IMO number: 8614481[2]
Status: Out of service
General characteristics
Class and type: Single-ended, roll-on/roll-off
Tonnage: 197 GRT
Length: 35.6 m (116.8 ft)
Beam: 13.4 m (44.0 ft)
Draft: 2.3 m (7.5 ft)
  • Bow: 4.00 metres long by 4.75 wide
  • Stern: 5.50 metres long by 4.50 wide
Installed power:
  • 2 × 410 shp Deutz 8-cylinder diesels S-BASM 816 'U'
  • 2 × 20 KVA MVM 240 V single phase auxiliary
Propulsion: Gearbox: Reintjes WAF 340 3.5:1
  • 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph) service,
  • 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph) maximum
  • 300 passengers
  • 36 cars
  • Axle load: Stern ramp 10 tonnes, main deck 10 tonnes
  • Point load: 5 tonnes
Crew: Four in summer, three in winter
  • Fuel consumption: 105 litres / hour
  • Fuel capacity: 41,000 litres

In 2004 the ferry was sighted docked in the Tamar River in Launceston, Tasmania.[4] In July 2008 the Peninsula Princess was brought back into service on the Queenscliff – Sorrento route, when one of the larger ferries was in dry dock.

In 2009 the ferry temporarily operated the Bruny Island Ferry route, replacing the Mirambeena while it underwent maintenance.[5]

The ferry has operated the Queenscliff - Sorrento route when the MV Queenscliff underwent a refit and maintenance in mid-2011 [6] and again in July and August 2013.[7]


  1. Peninsular Stamp Club (1987), Notes on the inauguration of the Peninsular Princess car / passenger ferry
  2. Australian Maritime Safety Authority. "List of Registered Ships". Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  3. "Premier Launches New Bay Ferry Service". Media Release. Office of the Premier (Victoria). 22 December 1993. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  4. "Member for Flinders Liz Penfold MP Parliamentary Travel report King Island/ Tasmania/ Melbourne". 16–29 April 2004. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  5. Bruny News No 341, August 2009, p.26
  6. "Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry - Intown Geelong". 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  7. "Service Change Alert". Retrieved 31 July 2013. The smaller ferry, the Peninsula Princess, will be replacing the MV Queenscliff from 4PM Tuesday the 16th of July through to the 23rd of August whilst it is in Dry Dock for an engine upgrade and routine maintenance.
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