INCREASED container capacity is set to be a feature of a new ship for the King Island-Tasmania-Victoria service.
According to Bass Island Lines (a Tasports subsidiary), the new vessel is to be named John Duigan and is to be larger and faster than the much-maligned Investigator II with:
- 83% increased deck space
- 120% increase in weight capacity
- 90% increase in container capacity
- 20% increase in running speed (from 10 knots to 12 knots).
BIL plans for the John Duigan to sail from Victoria once a week.
TasPorts is also said to be considering the possibility of sailing northbound from King Island to Victoria.
A timeline for the introduction of the new ship is still to be announced.
Investigator II, meanwhile, recently completed its 200th voyage.
BIL business manager, Tom McBroom said BIL was “extremely proud to have hit the second century”.
“Reaching this milestone is a great start to 2018,” Mr McBroom said.
“We are expecting even more successes for our customers during the rest of the year, with the anticipated arrival of the new vessel in the coming months.”
BIL recently announced a change at the helm of Investigator II, with Rod Savage taking over from Andrew Brewster as master for the next two weeks.