Class: Emerald Class
Speed: 26 kn
Length: 36.38 m
Displacement: 110 t
Route: Eastern Suburbs, Inner Harbour
Origin of Name: Named after the cardiac surgeon, Victor Chang.
A gifted surgeon, respected humanitarian and skilled campaigner, Dr Victor Chang was a pioneer of modern heart transplantation. His achievements include establishing Australia’s National Heart Transplant Program at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital in 1984, which has since performed thousands of successful heart, heart-lung, and single lung transplants. He also designed an artificial heart valve and, in later years, an artificial heart. Victor worked extensively in Asia as a lecturer and with medical teams from St Vincent’s, sharing his medical, surgical, nursing and hospital administration expertise with doctors, nurses and students. A gregarious but humble man, Victor was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1986 and recognised by the University of New South Wales with its highest degree of MD Honoris Causa for his ‘scholarly achievement and humanitarian endeavour’. The Victor Chang Foundation – set up by Victor in 1984 and now run by his family – continues his life’s work practicing and promoting innovation in cardiovascular surgery as well as education and training in Asia. (1936–1991)
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.