Margaret McDonald, ferry+ managing director said “We are delighted to partner Strait Shipping at a time when they are adding to their fleet. With ferry+ onboard, Strait shipping has a system that can adapt as their business expands and develops.” ferry+ is designed as a total solution for ferry operators handling tourist, commuter and freight reservations together with yield management and ticketing requirements.
Bob Cubin, Strait Shipping’s systems manager chose ferry+ ahead of other systems due to its comprehensive and flexible nature: “the flexibility provided by ferry+ is essential to our operation allowing us to be proactive and adapt easily to changing market conditions and fleet expansion.”
The implementation of ferry+ coincides with the arrival of Strait Shipping’s new vessel, the 125 metre Straitsman. The 400 passenger ship also carries 300 cars and arrives in time for the peak summer season.
Strait Shipping managing director Sheryl Ellison commented “The purchase of our new ship, added to our investment in ferry+ represents our commitment to the shipping, freight and tourism industries.
We’re delighted to have both ferry+ and our new vessel here in time to meet peak passenger and freight demand through summer
The Straitsman will join the freight and Bluebridge passenger service between Wellington and Picton in mid-December. At just five years old the ship will be the newest servicing the Cook Strait route.
About Strait Shipping:
Privately owned, Strait Shipping has been moving freight between the North and South Islands since 1992 and diversified into the passenger market with the launch of the Bluebridge service in 2003. The new ship, formerly known as Dueodde, was purchased from Danish operator Bornholmstrafikken (now known as Danske Faerger). The Dueodde was built in 2005 by Dutch yard Merwede. It is 125 metres in length with capacity for 400 passengers and 300 cars and a service speed of 18 knots.