Sealink spends $3m on ferries

Sealink is preparing the SeaLion 2000 ferry for a five-day journey leaving on July 17, across the Great Australian Bight to WA where she was built 15 years ago.

“We are investing $2.2 million in the SeaLion 2000, which includes the complete replacement of the engines and air conditioning units, a repaint and a list of other requirements,” Sealink’s general manager Donna Gauci says.

This will be major work and will require holes to be cut into the side of the vessel to remove the old engines. This along with the major painting work could not afford weather delays which is why Sealink chose to take the vessel to WA where an undercover out of water facility is available

“We’re also investing more than $800,000 in rebuilding the Spirit of KI’s engines and replacing her air conditioning which will be undertaken at Port Adelaide, starting this week,” Ms Gauci said.

Sealink’s annual maintenance program will run from June 12 until September 6 with a revised timetable during this period.

Sealink's SeaLion 2000.

Sealink's SeaLion 2000.