TASPORTS says it has “concerns” regarding the performance of the John Duigan (IMO 9717606), the vessel owned and operated by subsidiary Bass Island Line to meet the freight needs of King Island.

The 80-metre barge is about to go into dry dock, despite having left dry docked in Sydney only weeks ago.

“John Duigan remains operational at this time, however further investigations are necessary to determine any issues impacting the performance of the vessel,” TasPorts stated. 


“As such, John Duigan will be entering dry dock next week.”

TasPorts said it would continue to fulfil the freight task as usual using the King Islander vessel on charter for an interim period.

“TasPorts understands safe and reliable shipping is vital to the King Island Community and is satisfied these arrangements will ensure the continuity of freight services,” it stated.