Class: Emerald Class
Speed: 26 kn
Length: 36.38 m
Displacement: 110 t
Route: Eastern Suburbs, Inner Harbour
Origin of Name: Named after Catherine Hamlin, obstetrician and gynaecologist.
A true Australian icon, Dr Catherine Hamlin AC is a world renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist who has dedicated 60 years of her life to the maternal healthcare of ostracised Ethiopian women. Together with her husband, Dr Reg Hamlin, Catherine founded the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to provide free repair surgery to women suffering from the devastating childbirth injury, obstetric fistula. She has also established the Hamlin College of Midwives, five regional hospitals, and rural midwifery clinics. Her pioneering work in fistula surgery has restored the lives of more than 50,000 women, and most importantly restored their dignity. Catherine has been awarded Australia’s highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia. She is a two-time Nobel Prize nominee and an Australian Living Legend award recipient. Catherine’s tireless work has transformed maternal healthcare in Ethiopia and raised global awareness about the plight of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable women. B. 1924
The Emerald Class Ferries are the latest addition to the Sydney Ferries fleet. Built by Incat in Tasmania, they are designed to look similar to the iconic First Fleet class vessels. Six were ordered and entered service during 2017.