Forward-thinking Spirit of Tasmania ferries get green light for construction
Tasmania-based TT-Line Company Pty Ltd has signed a contract with Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the delivery of two new passenger and passenger ferries designed by the leading naval architecture firm and d Marine Engineering Foreship Ltd. Government of Tasmania approval, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2022.
After developing the design of the two ferries, Foreship will continue to support TT-Line during the construction process, with services including naval architecture, hydrodynamics, development of freight and passenger service concepts and l systems engineering. Foreship will also help review design documentation, drawings and blueprints.
“We are delighted to bring our expertise to the construction of two new Spirit of Tasmania ferries for TT-Line Company,” said Olli Somerkallio, COO, Foreship, Project Manager. “This is a unique opportunity to work with an iconic Australian ferry brand while strengthening our relationship with RMC, a leading Finnish shipbuilder. We can’t wait to see the ships take shape.
Delivery scheduled for late 2023 and late 2024, the new Spirit of Tasmania ferries will measure 212 meters in length with a gross tonnage of 48,000 and a capacity of 2,000 passengers and crew, making them considerably larger than their predecessors. In addition, the steel monohull ships will have over 2,500 meters of freight capacity track and a separate parking deck, as well as 284 cabins. Like the existing ferries, they will carry passengers between Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, and the town of Devonport in northern Tasmania, a journey that typically takes between nine and eleven hours.
“The Bass Strait route between Victoria and Tasmania is popular with local and foreign tourists, and the increased capacity of the new vessels will allow us to meet growing demand as passenger traffic trends recover from the pandemic,” said Bernard Dwyer, CEO of TT-Compagnie de Ligne. “We appreciate the expert assistance of Foreship in the conception of the design and look forward to the next phase of our collaboration. “
Showcasing Foreship’s credentials in the passenger ship and ferry segment as well as its growing portfolio of advisory services, the Spirit of Tasmania project sees the company working with shipbuilder RMC for the third time. More recently, the two parties collaborated on the Aurora Botnia ferry commissioned by Kvarken Link, for which Foreship also provided the design. Upon delivery to operator Wasaline in July, the Aurora Botnia will be among the most environmentally friendly vessels of its kind at sea.