A COMPANY based in Launceston has won the contract to supply carpets for all passenger and crew cabins on the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels.

Rauma Marine Constructions’ subcontractor Alamco awarded local flooring company Benchmark Agencies with the contact.

RMC is building the two new ships in Finland, and Alamco is building the cabins in their modular form.

Tasmanian transport minister Michael Ferguson welcomed Benchmark Agencies as they joined a growing list of Tasmanian businesses contributing to the new vessels.

“With up to $100 million of local content being secured for our new Spirits, there can be no doubting they’ll have a uniquely Tasmanian flavour,” Mr Ferguson said.

“It also rightfully places world-class Tasmanian products in an enviable position, where they will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people, when they take up the opportunity to embark on our new Spirits.”

Benchmark Agencies owner and operator Andrew Meurs said he was pleased that Spirit of Tasmania and RMC were sourcing products and materials via Tasmanian companies.

“The carpets provided by Benchmark Agencies are sourced from well-respected Australian carpet supplier Brintons,” he said.

“We will be shipping between 7500 and 8000 square metres of product.

“It’s a credit to Spirit of Tasmania. It’s great for the local economy and for all the companies involved.”