February 4, 2021

Strong Debate on Tasmania’s New Ferries

First the new TT ferries would have been built in Europe (FSG, then RMC). Then the Government decided to cancel the contract to look at local shipbuilders.

As the assessment drags on, people are worried about the delays in having the new ships, and the solutions brought forward.

Some media highlights:

  • Austal’s new CEO said they remain committed to bidding to build the replacement TT-Line ferries, as the government awaits on a recommendation from the independent taskforce.

Source: The Advocate of 18 January

  • Incat chairman Robert Clifford, AO, says an additional passenger day sailing service across Bass Strait could operate from a different location to Devonport.

Source: The Advocate of 19 January

  • Head of Tasmanian Peak Tourism Luke Martin says Incat Bass Strait day sailing proposal is kite-flying.

Source: The Advocate of 20 January

  • Joining the debate on Tasmania’s ship building future, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) have called for the construction of a third Bass Strait ferry.

Source: The Guardian 2 February