Auckland and Tauranga have joined many cities worldwide in declaring a climate emergency. Auckland Council has committed both itself and its region to halving GHG emissions by 2030. The Government aims for New Zealand to be carbon zero by 2050.
The GHG reductions required to achieve these commitments will not be achievable uniformly across the economy. Transport will need to make much larger reductions to compensate for the limitations of others.
Tauranga does not currently have a ferry service. Local authorities have identified ferries as attractive and sustainable transport options and have been working towards this prior to COVID-19.
Auckland has an established ferry service, but the fleet delivering the AT contracted ferry services is comprised of ageing vessels. With an average age in excess of 20 years, many vessels are at or approaching the end of their economic life and need replacing urgently.