About the Ship
The iconic red-and-white ships we know today as Spirit of Tasmania I and II were constructed in Finland in 1998 and operated for four years between Greece and Italy. These two monohull vessels replaced the original MV Spirit of Tasmania, making their dual maiden voyages across Bass Strait on 1 September, 2002.
Sailings between Melbourne, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania take approximately 9–11 hours.
The ships usually depart each port at 7:30pm. During peak season, we operate day sailings departing at 9:00am.
Spirit of Tasmania I and II were built in 1998 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Turku, Finland. The ships weigh a staggering 28,000 tonnes and measure in at 194.3 metres. To put things into perspective, that’s 20 metres longer than the inside of the MCG! And if you think that's amazing, you'll love our publication detailing all the fascinating facts about the twin ships.
Let’s journey back to where it all began… 1985, a year of big hair, ripped jeans and neon clothing. Bob Hawke was PM. Melbourne celebrated its 150th year. Neighbours debuted on network television… And TT-Line, the operator of Spirit of Tasmania, was born.