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There’s a new push for Victorian employers to allow ferry commuters to claim their travel time as work hours.

Port Phillip Ferries is launching a new service from Geelong to Melbourne’s Docklands, with the trip taking about an hour and 40 minutes.

The service officially launches on Monday.

The new service from Geelong to Melbourne's Docklands was launched on Monday with the first ferry seen coming in just after 8am.
The new service from Geelong to Melbourne’s Docklands was launched on Monday with the first ferry seen coming in just after 8am. Credit: 7NEWS

To boost their passenger numbers, ferry operators are lobbying major employers to allow people to use their travel time as work hours.

There is free WiFi onboard the ferries for people to use laptops and other devices.

The ferry’s first official cruise started in Geelong at 6.45am on Monday.

The first 50 passengers to board received a free doughnut, flight on the Melbourne Star ferris wheel, coffee voucher and drinks voucher.

Each ferry seats 400 passengers and has a cafe, barista, bike racks, charging station and staff on board.

Source @ 7 News.com.au