Sealion 2000

Sealion 2000 is a vehicular ferry operated by Kangaroo Island SeaLink on the 18 kilometre Cape Jervis to Penneshaw route across Backstairs Passage along with the Spirit of Kangaroo Island. These two ferries provide the main form of transport to Kangaroo Island operating up to 10 trips daily. This vessel is specifically made for passengers and cars and is a larger boat. Unlike the Spirit of Kangaroo Island which is a freight boat, used for transporting trucks as well as passengers.

Sealion 2000 at Penneshaw in November 2007
Name: Sealion 2000
Namesake: Sea lion
Owner: Kangaroo Island SeaLink
Builder: Tenix, Fremantle
Launched: 1998
Homeport: Port Adelaide
General characteristics
Type: Catamaran
Length: 48.8 m[1]
Beam: 16 m
Ramps: 1 rear ramp
Installed power: 2 x 1078 kW V12 Caterpillar
Speed: 16 knots
Capacity: 378 passengers and 55 cars

It was built in 1998 by Tenix, Fremantle.[2] In 2013 it returned to Fremantle for an overhaul that included its engines being replaced.[3]


  1. Our Ferries Kangaroo Island SeaLink
  2. Handover of steel hulled ferry Sealion 2000 at Fremantle Government of Western Australia 29 August 1998
  3. Sealink spends $3m on ferries The Islander 13 June 2013
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