Class: Emerald Class
Speed: 26 kn
Length: 36.38 m
Displacement: 110 t
Route: Eastern Suburbs, Inner Harbour
Origin of Name: Named after the ophthalmologist, Fred Hollows.
Professor Fred Hollows was an acclaimed eye surgeon and social justice activist who championed the right to affordable, high quality eye care for all people. He took a particular interest in improving the eye health of Indigenous Australians and helped set up the Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney’s Redfern. It was not until Fred travelled to Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Eritrea and Bangladesh on behalf of the World Health Organisation, that he felt compelled to reduce the cost of eye surgery in developing countries. In 1992 The Fred Hollows Foundation was established, to deliver ongoing sustainable eye health systems for poor and marginalised people across the world. The Foundation continues Fred’s work by training medical personnel, building eye health facilities, providing essential medical equipment and performing sight-restoring surgeries. Since 1992 well over 2 million people have had their sight restored thanks to Fred’s legacy and the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. (1929-1993)
The Emerald Class Ferries are the latest addidtion 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.