Con­tract inked for new Bass Strait fer­ries

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Two roll on/roll off fer­ries with 2,519 lane me­tres of freight ca­pac­ity are to be­gin Bass Strait sail­ings in 2021, now that a con­tract has been signed.

Four months af­ter Spirit of Tas­ma­nia owner TT-Line and Ger­man ship­builder Flens­burger Schiff­bauGe­sellschaft agreed a let­ter of in­tent, TT-Line is look­ing to the time when the cur­rent freight ca­pac­ity of 1,813 lane me­tres is his­tory.

“The next-gen­er­a­tion ves­sels will be more than 30 per cent larger than the cur­rent Spir­its, with an even big­ger in­crease in pas­sen­ger and freight ca­pac­ity,” Tas­ma­nian pre­mier Will Hodg­man says.

“Ev­ery sin­gle sail­ing of the next gen­er­a­tion Spir­its will be able to bring an ad­di­tional 500 vis­i­tors, 115 ad­di­tional pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and 85 ad­di­tional freight trail­ers.”

Hodg­man de­scribes the project as “the sin­gle big­gest in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment ever by a Tas­ma­nian Govern­ment”.

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