KING Island’s new freight vessel John Duigan arrived in Geelong for the first time on Monday morning under an agreement between Bass Island Line (BIL) and GeelongPort.
The ship has since departed for Tasmania.
BIL is to sail John Duigan weekly from Geelong, on to Grassy in King Island and then to Bell Bay on mainland Tasmania before returning to Victoria.
BIL has secured John Duigan to provide a shipping service for the King Island community.
GeelongPort chief executive Brett Winter said the Port was chosen because of the efficient services for the handling and storage capability it provides for fertiliser and other primary King Island cargos.
“Operating Bass Island Line’s John Duigan service out of GeelongPort allows us to support the King Island community,” Mr Winter said.
“GeelongPort is committed to being the island’s critical link to Victoria.”
TasPorts chief executive Paul Weedon said the John Duigan vessel would take the BIL service “to the next level”.
BIL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TasPorts.
“By offering a direct route from Geelong we are driving down our customers’ overall costs and speeding up delivery times to King Island,” Mr Weedon said.
According to BIL, John Duigan has been tailored to King Island’s freight needs.
The new vessel replaces BIL’s smaller Investigator II which operated under a trans-shipment service sailing cargo from Devonport to King Island.
John Duigan is 80 metres long, has a deck area of 747m2 and a capacity of 114 TEU equivalents.
BIL says it has a V-shaped hull and is longer, heavier and wider than Investigator II.