Major Contract

Interislander Ferry Replacement Project – Ferry Procurement

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
Interislander Ferry Replacement Project – Ferry Procurement

The project involves replacing KiwiRail's Interislander fleet ferry service, which links road and rail networks between New Zealand's north and south islands, with two new rail-enabled ferries.

At 220 metres long, the new ships will be significantly larger than the current vessels.The capacity requirements for each new ferry include the ability to transport:

  • 40 rail wagons 
  • aound 3,000 lane metres for vehicles, and 
  • about 1,800 passengers.

This accounts for 300 per cent more rail wagon, almost double the number of vehicles and twice as many passengers compared to the capacity of the current three-ship fleet.

Key Dates

Aug 2019 EOIs Open
May 2020 RFP Open
Dec 2020 Contract Award
Jul 2021 Preferred Bidder Selection
Aug 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2026 Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NZ Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: KiwiRail
Successful Tenderer: Hyundai Mipo Dockyard

PROJECT HISTORY

Aug 2019 KiwiRail commenced Expression of Interest process for the procurement of a shipyard to build the new ships.
Feb 2020 KiwiRail completed the Request for Information process for the procurement of a shipyard to build the new ships.
May 2020 KiwiRail issued Request for Proposals to shortlisted shipyards to deliver the two ships. The shortlist was not publicly disclosed.
Dec 2020 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard was named as the preferred proponent to deliver the two new Interislander ferries.
Jul 2021 KiwiRail achieved contract close with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the delivery of two new ferries. The first is expected to arrive in 2025 and the second in 2026. The contract price for the two ferries was NZ$551 million (A$515 million).
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources
Project pages
KiwiRail