MV Delphinus, the second vessel in San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Dorado class, left Mavrik Marine’s construction site in La Conner, Washington, on Nov. 8 and made her way via barge to nearby Anacortes, where she was placed in the water for the first time.


Mavrik Marine staff utilized an 18-wheel hydraulic dolly to transfer the 130-foot long, 36-foot wide, 30-foot tall aluminum catamaran from the facility onto the barge. From there, it was towed to a Syncrolift and into the water. 


The vessel’s successful launch clears the way for her final testing and sea trials before she makes the journey down to California to join the rest of the San Francisco Bay Ferry’s fleet early next year.


Like the first vessel in its class, MV Dorado, MV Delphinus is a high-speed vessel with a service speed of 36 knots. It can carry 320 passengers and features expansive outdoor passenger space so riders can enjoy the fresh air of the Bay. Thanks to passenger feedback, the shipyard is adding some additional weather protection on the second deck. This feature will be added to MV Dorado during an upcoming drydock.


As the holiday season arrives, we’d like to remind you of these San Francisco Bay schedule changes.


  • Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23): No service
  • Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24): Weekend service
  • Christmas Day (Monday, December 25): No service
  • New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1): No service


Normal schedules will be in effect for all other days in November and December.



The Main Street Alameda Ferry Terminal is currently closed for refurbishment through January 1, 2024. Ferries on the Oakland & Alameda and South San Francisco routes are not stopping at this terminal.


The Main Street Alameda Ferry Terminal Refurbishment Project is a major construction project that includes the repair and replacement of the existing aging terminal infrastructure to bring the site into compliance with current seismic safety requirements. Design elements also prepare the terminal for future fleet electrification needs. Upon completion of the project, passengers will see direct benefits like more efficient ferry operations and modernized terminal lighting.

Currently, Alameda ferry service is only operating from the Harbor Bay and Alameda Seaplane ferry terminals to Downtown San Francisco. Additionally, San Francisco Bay Ferry is currently operating the Alameda Seaplane ferry route on weekends. 


Ferries to South San Francisco are currently only available from the Oakland Ferry Terminal (10 Clay Street) and will NOT stop in Alameda. Free validated parking is available at Washington Street Garage near the Oakland Ferry Terminal. In addition, San Francisco Bay Ferry is offering complimentary rideshare vouchers for impacted South S.F. commuters who live in Alameda. Visit our Main St. Alameda closure page to request a voucher.


The Main Street Alameda terminal is on track to re-open on January 2, 2024.


On Saturday, December 2, San Francisco Bay Ferry will participate in the annual Lighted Yacht Parade along the Oakland Estuary, with beautiful views of the Oakland and Alameda waterfronts and the Bay -- not to mention the other decorated boats in the parade.


You're invited to ride along. This year due to high demand this is a ticketed, reservation-based event. You can purchase tickets below or in the San Francisco Bay Ferry app. Every passenger who brings a new, unwrapped toy for the Oakland firefighters' holiday toy drive will receive a complimentary ticket for a future ferry ride on the date of their choice.


We'll also have fun kids' activities, music, and warm beverages to enjoy during the parade.


Visit our Lighted Yacht Parade page to reserve tickets and see the schedule.


Welcome back to Dock-tionary, where we help ferry fans learn how to speak boat. This month, we’re explaining the importance of pilings as a critical component of our terminal infrastructure.


Pilings refer to the large vertical structures, often made of wood, concrete, or steel, that are driven into the ground to provide support for structures built on top of them. Pilings play a crucial role in maintaining the infrastructure and ensuring the stability of our ferry terminals all across the Bay.


With our docks built over water, pilings guarantee that these structures can withstand the forces of nature, such as strong currents, tides, and potential impacts from vessels. Pilings are essential for the stability and longevity of our terminal structures, as they provide a solid foundation that helps to distribute the weight of the terminal evenly and prevent it from sinking or shifting overtime. They also help to protect the terminal from the erosive forces of the water, safeguarding against damage from waves and corrosion over time.


Additionally, our area is prone to seismic activity, making it essential for our ferry system's terminal facilities to be resilient and able to withstand potential earthquakes. Properly installed and maintained pilings can significantly enhance the structural integrity of the terminals, minimizing the risk of damage during seismic events.


The next time you are onboard a ferry, see how many terminal pilings you can spot as you arrive or depart from the terminal as we make it a point to properly maintain these crucial pieces of infrastructure so we can continue providing the best way to cross the Bay! 


Let’s Glow SF 2023, the country’s largest holiday projection event, is returning to Downtown San Francisco from December 1st to 10th! This free outdoor holiday event will use high-tech Panasonic projectors and lasers to project large-scale art concepts across the facade of five iconic SF buildings from 5-10 PM nightly, including the Ferry Building for the first time ever.


The Top of Salesforce Tower will also showcase Let’s Glow SF artwork on the LED panel atop the building, visible throughout the Bay Area. The first night of Let’s Glow SF will have shows running 7 PM - 10 PM. Shows will run from 5 PM to 10 PM December 2-10, 2023.


Let’s Glow SF 2023 will kick off on Friday, December 1 at 6:30 PM at the foot of Market Street facing the Ferry Building, with a Countdown Kickoff Ceremony. Organizers will provide attendees with complimentary ube hot chocolate and sweet treats while supplies last.


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