Australian ferry operator TT-Line Company (Spirit of Tasmania) has contracted Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) to build two Foreship-designed car and passenger ferries
The 212-m Spirit of Tasmania ferries will feature a gross tonnage of 48,000 and accommodate 2,000 passengers and crew, making them significantly larger than their predecessors.
Both ships will feature over 2,500 lane metres of freight capacity, a separate car deck and 284 cabins. Like the existing ferries, they will transport passengers between Melbourne in Victoria and Devonport in northern Tasmania.
“The Bass Strait route between Victoria and Tasmania is popular with local and foreign tourists alike, and the new vessels’ increased capacity will allow us to meet growing demand when passenger traffic trends recover from the pandemic,” said TT-Line Company chief executive Bernard Dwyer.
Naval architect Foreship will support TT-Line Company in the building process, with service provision to include naval architecture, hydrodynamics, cargo and passenger service concept development, and systems engineering. Foreship will also assist in reviewing design documentation, drawings and plans.
Foreship chief operating officer and project lead Olli Somerkallio said “We are delighted to be lending our expertise to the construction of two new Spirit of Tasmania ferries for TT-Line Company. This is a unique opportunity to work with an iconic Australian ferry brand while reinforcing our relationship with RMC, an important Finnish shipbuilder. We are looking forward to seeing the vessels take shape.”
The Spirit of Tasmania project is Foreship’s third collaboration with shipbuilder RMC. The agreement has been finalised following approval from the Tasmanian Government, with construction set to begin in Q2 2022 and delivery due in late 2023 and late 2024.
Most recently, the two companies also collaborated on the Kvarken Link-commissioned ferry Aurora Botnia, for which Foreship also provided the concept design. On delivery to operator Wasaline in July, Aurora Botnia will be among the most eco-friendly vessels of its kind at sea.
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