Spirit of Tasmania welcomes TasPorts’ significant infrastructure investment to accommodate the new larger Spirit of Tasmania vessels due to commence service on Bass Strait in 2021.
Chairman Mike Grainger said the company had worked very closely with TasPorts during its deliberations on vessel replacement.
“The proposed investment by TasPorts of between $50 and $60 million to extend berthing facilities in Devonport for passengers, cargo and freight is obviously welcomed by Spirit of Tasmania,” he said.
“TasPorts’ investment in the Port of Devonport will support the State and the Company’s investment in the new vessels.
“Our decision to sign a contract for the construction of two new vessels is a milestone investment for the state’s infrastructure that will benefit the tourism sector and the broader Tasmanian economy.”
The final design specifications for the new ships provide for 212-metre-long vessels that will accommodate 1,800 passengers.
The new purpose-built vessels will also be able to carry increased freight volumes when compared to the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels.