- As New MV Eye Spy, luxury catamaran
- Full 360 degree walk around lower and upper decks
- Sun deck
- Fully licensed bar, tea, coffee and snack bar facilities
- Disability friendly with wheelchair facilities
- Child friendly including all children safety requirements
Australia’s Ultimate Whale Watching Vessel
Australia’s most modern purpose-built whale watching vessel was officially launched in Brisbane on Saturday August 30th, 2002, in the midst of the Riverfire Sky Show by environment minister of the day, the Honourable Dean Wells.
Brisbane Whale Watchings’ new high-speed, 320 passenger catamaran ‘’Eye-Spy’’ represents the ultimate in ‘whale friendly’ vessel design and technology. Built by South Pacific Marine at Burpengary, it features the latest in environmentally friendly technology with low noise skewback propellers, low wash characteristic hull design and the latest MTU 2000 V16 series diesel engines.
This engine has 10% better fuel efficiency than its previous model and automatically shuts down half its cylinders when idling and loitering around the whales. The ability for these engines to shutdown 16 cylinders dramatically reduces fuel consumption, noise and exhaust emissions.
Captain Kerry Lopez
Kerry Lopez from Brisbane Whale Watching skippers the new 30-metre boat. Kerry is the only woman captain owning and operating a whalewatching operation in the South Pacific Rim and founded the first daily whalewatching tours in Moreton Bay.
For her maiden voyage, Eye-Spy gave 150 tourism industry guests a ‘front row’ seat for the River fire fireworks spectacular, which exploded over the Brisbane River.
The fantastic all-round vision, even with a full manifest of more than 300, reduces the need for manoeuvring thereby creating a more constant noise from the special ‘skewback’ propellers. That, coupled with the use of the latest MTU 2000 V16 series diesel engines has earned a rare endorsement for “Eye-Spy” from Dr Rob McCauley of Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.
The MTU’s have highly advanced fuel control features specifically designed to allow the engines to idle for long periods without fouling and to minimise fuel consumption. Dr McCauley says the de-coupling of the engines from the hull by using flexible mounts, also adds to “whale friendliness” by reducing underwater noise and vibration