Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II were built in 1998 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland. They have a displacement weight of almost 30,000 tonnes and a length of 194.3 metres.
Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II cross Bass Strait at a cruising speed of 27 knots which is the equivalent of 50 kilometres per hour. The 429 kilometre voyage across Bass Strait is roughly twice the distance by road between Devonport and Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast.
Stretched end-to-end, the vehicle lanes on each ship would be almost two kilometres long!
|QUICK FACTS||Spirit of Tasmania I and|
Spirit of Tasmania II
||TT-Line Company Pty Ltd
||Kvaerner Masa-Yards of Finland
||Roll On/Roll Off passenger and freight vessel
||American Bureau of Shipping
|First commercial crossing
||1 September 2002
||9-11 hours (approx)
|Number of cabins (all with bathroom facilities)
|Number of Ocean Recliners
|Vehicle lane metres
|Distance from port to port
||232 nautical miles (429 kilometres)
|Distance from head to head
||190 nautical miles (352 kilometres)
|Distance from Station Pier to head
||42 nautical miles (77 kilometres)
Note: A knot equals 1 nautical mile per hour. A nautical mile equals 6080 feet, 1852 metres or 1.85 kilometres.
Spirit of Tasmania I at dry dock
Ever wanted to see the bottom of a ship? Ever wanted to see propellers and anchors close up? See Spirit of Tasmania I like you've never seen it before - in dry dock, Sydney 2013.