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Posted: Dec 16 2017, 02:01 PM
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Spirit of Tasmania orders ‘substantially’ larger ferries.
Spirit of Tasmania is replacing its fleet with larger vessels.
TT-Line Company, operators of Australia’s Spirit of Tasmania ferries, will order two newbuild purpose-built ropax to replace its existing fleet by 2021.
Its chairman Mike Grainger said the company had assessed vessel types and fleet configurations over the past few years to determine the most appropriate vessel to operate daily crossings on the Bass Strait.
He said “We looked at capacity, customer expectations, operating speed, seakeeping properties for Bass Strait, capital and operating costs and operational efficiency.”
The company has seen continued growth in passenger numbers over the past few years and the demand for vehicle and freight continues to be “exceptionally high”.
Mr Grainger said that the new ships will have “substantially larger capacity for passengers, passenger vehicles and freight”.
Built for Superfast Ferries in 1998, the current Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II had a substantial refurbishment in 2015 and will continue operating until the new vessels are delivered in 2021.
With growing numbers visiting Tas these new ferries will be put into action asap.
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