Star Ferry to consider going electric, gets 15 year service extension

Local | 13 Mar 2018 7:41 pm

The Star ferry will be allowed to operate the Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui routes for another 15 years from April 1, the Transport and Housing Bureau announced today.

As a part of the extension of the franchise, the "Star" Ferry Company has "expressed willingness to explore the opportunity of introducing electric ferries in the future,'' the bureau said.

The company will provide a free wi-fi service in the passenger waiting areas at the piers starting next month. It has agreed to open up information including the fare tables and ferry schedule to the Government and public through an application programming interface, which will allow third-party development of other mobile applications, the bureau said.

The bureau said that the Star Ferry plans to retrofit the diesel engines of two ferries using a green diesel-electric propulsion system this year and to retrofit one ferry per year thereafter.

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