(Current as of 29 April 2019)
The Aurora V ferry, which previously serviced the Wallaroo to Lucky Bay route between 2012 and 2015, has been secured on a 10-year rolling lease arrangement and will be returned to the Spencer Gulf.
The vessel is registered under the Australian flag with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which provides legal and international recognition of the ship’s nationality, however, she is currently anchored in Venezuela.
Due to political instability in that nation, the company has been unable to secure a port declaration from Venezuelan authorities which is required under international shipping protocols for any vessel to sail.
The company is eager to ensure the ferry service is financially viable and offers a valuable service for customers on both sides of the Gulf.
SeaSA is a private company and does not receive any government funding to operate the ferry.
While at this stage, the company is unable to provide any specific detail on the timing of the ferry’s return. The company will provide updates to the community when possible.
MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 10th August 2017 (Updated 07 February 2019)
South Australian ferry company Sea SA Pty Ltd, has announced the temporary suspension of its Spencer Gulf Ferry service, due to construction of the export/import shore side facilities at the Lucky Bay terminal.
Site safety is of the upmost importance during this construction phase of the export/import shore facilities and with the machinery required for the works, we have therefore been advised that it would be unsafe to have the public onsite.
Above: Projected Lucky Bay grain terminal site
Our new ferry Sea Star is now at Wallaroo, undergoing final preparations for commencement of service on Friday 9th December.
The online system is now open for reservations, or phone the booking office on (08) 8823 0777 where our friendly staff are standing by to assist.
With the arrival of Sea Star at our Wallaroo Terminal, we are happy to announce that our first day of sailing will be Friday 9th December 2016 at 8am from Wallaroo.
Simone is ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have.
Sea Star has made her 24 day voyage from China to Lucky Bay arriving early this morning.
She will spend a few days at Lucky Bay before being sailed across the gulf to her home in Wallaroo.
‘We just have some tidying up, cleaning and crew training to prepare before the official start’ Sea SA managing director, Stephanie Dawson said.
Bookings for the service will commence by the end of the week.
The new 60m SeaSA Ferry “Sea Star”, designed and built by Sea Transport Corporation, has successfully completed all mandatory sea trails in China and will shortly commence the delivery voyage to South Australia.