Sea SA Spencer Gulf ferry won't restart until September 2018

The Sea Star was due to start services next month but now will be out of action until September 2018.
The Sea Star was due to start services next month but now will be out of action until September 2018.

Sea SA’s Lucky Bay to Wallaroo ferry will not be back up and running until September 2018.

The new Spencer Gulf ferry, Sea Star, started services in December last year after a two-year break in ferry services due to the construction of a transshipment facility and extensive harbour development at Lucky Bay. 

It had only been running for six months when Sea SA announced services would be suspended over the winter months as planned.

The Sea Star stopped running on Wednesday, May 31 and was scheduled to reopen late next month.

However the company announced this week the winter closure of the ferry would be extended for another 12 months due to construction of the export and import shore facilities at the Lucky Bay terminal.

In a statement on the Sea SA website, the company said “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”.

The projected Lucky Bay grain terminal site. Picture: SeaSA

The projected Lucky Bay grain terminal site. Picture: SeaSA

During the closure, work will start on deepening the Lucky Bay approach channel, which is expected to take about four months to complete.

Reservations offices at Wallaroo and Lucky Bay are expected to remain staffed and open during the closure.

“Sea SA’s management take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers, tourism operators and supporters.

“We also thank our dedicated vessel crew as well as office staff both at Wallaroo and Lucky Bay, and with their help and we look forward to resuming the service later in 2018.”