THE iconic Penang ferries have donned new colours under their new owners.
Prasarana Malaysia Bhd has repainted two out of six ferries with a combination of different colours, including green, blue and white.
It has also painted Penang landmarks and attractions such as Komtar, the Penang Bridge, state mosque and Penang Hill funicular train on the two vessels.
A Prasarana source said these two ferries would be plying the waters in mid-August.
The ferries are also expected to have new and better features but the details will not be revealed until the launch of the newly repainted ferries later this month.
Penang Port Sdn Bhd handed over ferry operations to Prasarana last month for a token sum of RM1. The service is to be called rapidFerry under Prasarana.
Penang Port Commission chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said new high-speed catamaran ferries would join the existing fleet early next year.
It was previously reported that the catamarans would carry pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The Penang ferry service has been operating since 1920. The colour of the vessels was traditionally yellow but they have been sporting different colours for some years.