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This is great news for Tasmania, but in terms of what TT-Line are saying the content is quite vague... "We'll order new ships, we'll pay for them ourselves... but we don't know who we'll order from or how much they'll cost"

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With this new conventional ship order, very interesting how Incat have failed yet again to get their dream of a 150 m catamaran on the Tasmania run. I wonder if they have given up all hope now of ever having one of their ferries going to Tasmania.

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It’s a passage even less suited to fast ferries than the Western English Channel isn’t it Nick?  Pretty treacherous stretch of water, the Bass Strait.

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Yep sure is Gareth. Bob Clifford of Incat still believed some super new 150 metre long catamaran design would be able to cope with anything that sea could throw at it.

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Also Gareth as recently as this September InCat were still plugging a fast ferry solution for Tasmania. Quite telling how TT Line still consider conventional is better. Good for them. See link below.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tourism-chief-labels-new-incat-ferry-plans-as-rather-extraordinary/news-story/0aa1429d7c676156384b22c07248618f

 

 

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Well, in terms of distance and potential sea states, for the sake of a meaningful comparison, the Sydney-Hobart passage is more akin to Newcastle-Bergen than Portsmouth - Cherbourg.  Anything more need saying?! 😉

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Yes this must be an inconvenient truth for InCat, in that the very place their fast ferry craft are made and where they were first used in a commercial ferry service anywhere in the world, these craft are not deemed suitable for their home market. Add to this the political pressure for TT Line to order an Incat to boost jobs in the local economy.

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This is also an another article......

Incat’s freight and tourism plan to link Burnie, King Island and Victoria

LEADING Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat wants to establish a ferry service between Burnie, King Island and Victoria by the end of 2019. Incat spokesman Richard Lowrie has told the Mercury the company wants to build a 112-metre, high-speed vessel to boost the freight and tourism industries on King Island by the 2019-20 summer.

It would operate from Burnie to King Island and on to Avalon or the Port of Hastings near Melbourne as well as direct Tasmania to Victoria runs.Mr Lowrie said the ship would run up to three times a week and could be operated privately or by the State Government.

The vessel would travel at about 35 knots and carry 1000 passengers as well as 400 vehicles on each trip. It could cart up to 500,000 additional tourists, 250,000 extra vehicles or more than 500,000 tonnes of freight a year.

Sea travel times from Burnie to King Island could be reduced from almost 16 hours to three, with a King Island to Melbourne route estimated at four hours. A direct Burnie to Victoria operation could achieve a trip time of under five hours, supplementing the Spirit of Tasmania services.

Mr Lowrie said he presented the plan to the Legislative Council inquiry into King Island shipping two weeks ago.

He said the sea corridor between Tasmania and Victoria via King Island was not catering effectively for the freight and tourism industries.

“The feedback from King Island residents is there is a lot of frustration,” Mr Lowrie said.

“They have a weekly freight service and all passenger services come by small planes and people then have to get hire cars.

“If a passenger service is introduced for King Island, then they could spend some nights on King Island then go on to Burnie.” Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said although Incat did not participate in the Government’s process to identify a preferred shipper in 2016, it would liaise closely with the company on concepts for a long-term solution for King Island shipping.

Last month, Mr Hidding told the inquiry that existing temporary freight vessel the Investigator was “likely” to be replaced by a substantially bigger one by December.

TasPorts’ search for a vessel has resulted in two ships of interest to operate as the next interim vessel. Mr Hidding said this week the replacement would be in place by summer.

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On 12/8/2017 at 15:06, Jim said:

This is great news for Tasmania, but in terms of what TT-Line are saying the content is quite vague... "We'll order new ships, we'll pay for them ourselves... but we don't know who we'll order from or how much they'll cost"

Yep, saying that they'll speak to the best RoPax builders in the world is one thing,  finding the yard with the slots to fulfil the double order in the timescale TT Lines are looking for is going to be quite another.

In a similar way to Viking & Stena, their only option may be the Chinese.

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A letter of intent has now been signed with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for the construction of these two ships.

FSG is rapidly becoming a leading player in the Ro-Pax industry, with this news following last week's Irish Ferries announcement to order a second ship at the yard.

More info: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/ttline-identifies-german-company-to-build-new-spirit-of-tasmania-ferries/news-story/e789e629cf1ad565f44824441a411a73 

 

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