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New ferry to ease Bruny woes

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Bruny Islanders and holidaymakers are being assured a newly-launched ferry will help address frustrating bottlenecks at the popular southern destination.

The Parrabah, constructed by Hobart shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine, was officially launched at Kettering on Wednesday morning.

Sealink worked with the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation to arrive at the name, which means "whale" in the local dialect.  

Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson says together with Sealink's other vessel, the MV Nairana, they're now offering faster turnaround times and a greater crossing capacity.

"This is about service safety, reliability and also greater capacity with 108 vehicles able to be transited every hour, which compares to 82 before," he said. 

"Proudly built here in Tasmania, aluminium, 42 metres, they are sister ships, the Nairana and Parrabah, and they're going to be safer, have higher capacity and be able to move more quickly." 

Rodney Dillon from the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation has welcomed Sealink's community consultation on the name. 

"It's a great effort by Sealink and their executive to make that decision to work with the local people in the local area," said Mr Dillon.

"They should be recognised for that; this is the way other people should do business with Aboriginal groups." 

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