THE vessel Investigator II sailed for King Island over the weekend after engine difficulties prevented earlier transits. One of the vessel’s two engines encountered problems during a livestock crossing the previous week, when it returned to Devonport for repairs.
After the difficulties were reported during a crossing to Grassy, TasPorts said engineers were working “around the clock” to resolve the issue on the ship, which is charged with ensuring freight and supplies reach King Island.
Bass Island Line business manager Tom McBroom said the company was talking to all its major customers to assist in developing the schedule for upcoming sailings.
“We are very aware of the diverse needs of our various customers and we are very appreciative of their patience while we have got on with the job of fixing the engine,” he said.
Mr McBroom said there had been a “unique set of circumstances” over the preceding week in the Bass Strait with the grounding of the general cargo MV Statesman at port of Stanley, in addition to the Investigator II’s engine troubles.
“Thanks to the effort of our team, we have come through those challenges and will be sailing to King Island today,” Mr McBroom said on Friday (September 8).