The future of Mersey Ferries’ Royal Daffodil has been secured after it was sold to a Liverpool-based company.
The vessel will be moved from Birkenhead’s Duke Street Docks and re-homed in the Canning Dock area where it will serve as a new leisure attraction.
Royal Daffodil, which gave over 50 years of service, has been purchased by local firm Liverpool City Sights Ltd.
The deal is said to represent a £40,000 annual saving for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority which will also be retaining the name Royal Daffodil for the new generation of Mersey Ferries – currently being procured by the organisation.
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram says: “I wanted to ensure Royal Daffodil was saved from the breaker’s yard, so I made a final call for expressions of interest from commercial organisations and interested parties in June 2018 and I am very pleased to be able to make this announcement today.
“The Mersey Ferries have a special place in all our hearts and this deal should give Royal Daffodil a new lease of life which I know people will be pleased to hear.”
Councillor Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region, adds: “It is good news that we have secured new owners for one of our beloved Mersey Ferries in a deal that is hoped will provide a sustainable future for her right here in the city region.”
A procurement process for a new Mersey Ferry is currently underway with announcements expected in the coming months.