TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG have signed a letter of intent for the construction of two new ships to replace the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels.
TT-Line chairman Mike Grainger said the companies would now commence contract negotiations and agree to final design specifications.
“FSG was endorsed by the Board after the company short listed a number of international shipyards to build the new tailor-made vessels,” he said. “As previously announced, we expect to place an order for the new vessels in the first half of the 2018 calendar year and for them to be delivered in time to commence operations on Bass Strait in 2021.”
Some particulars:
Length: 212m
Passengers + Crew: 2000
Freight lane meters: 2519
Car lane meters: 1714
Cabins: 284
Recliners: 195

Photo: FSG