About the San Francisco Bay Ferry Fleet
San Francisco Bay Ferry uses a fleet of 15 high-speed passenger ferries carrying between 225 and 445 passengers each. The fleet includes a mix of ferries using propeller and waterjet propulsion. All of our vessels meet California's rigorous emissions standards, with the Hydrus class ferries achieved U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 equivalent standards and the Pyxis class ferries achieving EPA Tier 4 standards, the cleanest possible diesel engine standards in the nation.
WETA, the agency that runs San Francisco Bay Ferry, has invested heavily in new ferries. Seven new ferries with a combined 2,935 seats have been added to the fleet since 2017. Our 16th ferry will enter service later in 2020. Another 300-passenger ferry has been approved and is expected to arrive in 2021. These new ferries include replacements of ferries slated for retirement and an expansion of the fleet to provide more service in the Bay Area.
Four current ferries (Mare Island, Intintoli, Peralta and Bay Breeze) were inherited from ferry services run by the cities of Alameda and Vallejo prior to 2012. WETA built the Gemini class vessels prior to inheriting the city-run services. The inherited vessels retained their prior names. New vessels built by WETA are named after celestial constellations, many with a maritime bent.
The ferries of the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet are broken into classes based on their design. Check back soon for additional information and photos of the ferries.
Gemini, Taurus, Scorpio, Pisces
225-passenger propeller-driven ferries with 25-knot service speed. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders and Kvichak Marine for $9 million each. Entered service in 2008 and 2009. Primarily used on South San Francisco and Richmond routes.
Hydrus, Cetus, Argo, Carina
400-passenger propeller-driven ferries with 27-knot service speed. Built by Kvichak/Vigor for $14 million each. Entered service between 2017 and 2019. Primarily used on Alameda and Oakland route.
Pyxis, Vela, Lyra
445-passenger waterjet-propulsion ferries with 34-knot service speed. Built by Dakota Creek Industries for $19 million each. Entered service in 2019 and 2020. Primarily used on Vallejo route.
Dorado Class (coming soon)
Dorado, Unnamed Vessel
300-passenger waterjet-propulsion ferries with 32-knot service speed. Built by Mavrik Marine for $15 million each. Dorado will enter service in 2020. The second ferry will arrive in 2021. These ferries are versatile and will be used on all routes as needed.
250-passenger propeller-driven ferry with a 25-knot service speed. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders for $3 million in 1994. Used for various routes as needed.
330-passenger waterjet-propulsion ferry with a 34-knot service speed. Built by Dakota Creek Industries for $6 million. Entered service in June 1997. Primarily used on Vallejo route.
349-passenger waterjet-propulsion ferry with a 34-knot service speed. Built by Dakota Creek Industries for $6 million. Entered service in June 1997. Primarily used on Vallejo route.
331-passenger propeller-driven ferry with a 25-knot service speed. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders for $5 million in 2002. Primarily used on Harbor Bay route.
Solano: Retired in 2019 and currently for sale.
Encinal: Retired in 2018 and sold to private operator in Alaska.
Vallejo: Retired in 2018 and sold to private operator in Alaska.
Harbor Bay Express II: Retired in 2012 and sold to a private operator in Alabama.