TT-Line Tasmania, LOI ved Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, RoPax 2x "Spirits of Tasmania"


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The next generation Spirits of Tasmania

The Hodgman Liberal Government will deliver two new, purpose-built Spirit of Tasmania vessels in 2021, two years ahead of schedule.

The next generation vessels will be more than 30 per cent larger than the current Spirits, with an even bigger increase in passenger and freight capacity.

Premier Will Hodgman said passenger capacity would increase by 43 per cent and freight capacity would increase by 39 per cent.

“These new ships will take things to the next level for our booming tourism sector and economy more broadly,” the Premier said.

“This is a game-changer for our State with every single sailing of the next generation Spirits able to bring an additional 500 visitors, 115 additional passenger vehicles and 85 additional freight trailers.

“Every region will benefit, with our primary producers able to get their produce to market and the arrival of more travellers keen to explore our State.

“It will help to achieve our plan to get more tourists here, staying longer and spending more while they are here. On average travellers on the Spirits stay nine nights longer than air travellers, spend $1,200 more and stay at over twice as many places while they are here.

“This is the single biggest tourism and infrastructure development for our State, and is the product of the extraordinary performance of TT Line and the success of this Government’s policy for the operation of the Spirits.”

The Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said TT-Line had shortlisted a number of international shipyards and was expected to sign a contract in the first half of 2018.

“When we came to Government we took immediate action to invest in the Spirits and increase day sailings,” Minister Hidding said.

“As a result, our $31 million investment has transformed the ships, day sailings have more than doubled and average fare prices have dropped by about 15 per cent in real terms.

“Today, the vessels are near capacity and expert projections show that trend is set to continue.

“To capitalise on this success we are investing in the two new vessels, in what will likely be the largest single procurement process in Tasmania’s history.

“We can do this because of our hard work with the TT-Line which resulted in record profits, with the dividends invested into a special legislated fund, a fund that Labor opposed.

“This means that for the first time Tasmanians will have purpose-built vessels to suit the unique conditions of Bass Strait and the vessel’s 429 kilometre journey.

“While it is unfortunate that there are no Australian shipyards with the capacity to build the new Spirits, we will ensure Tasmanian products are used in the fit-out.”

This investment shows what can be achieved when a majority Liberal Government has a positive plan for Tasmania’s future.

Kilde: Premier of Tasmania


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Operatør: TT Line Tasmania
Rute: Melbourne - Devonport fra 2021

Lengde: 212 meter
Bredde: 31,5 meter
Passasjerkapasitet: 2000 passjerer
Bilkapasitet: 1700 lane meter biler og 2500 lane meter for frakt uniter
Hovedmotor: Dual-fuel.

Consept design

Illustrasjoner: via TT Line Tasmania


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Fra Ferryvolution

Definitely 2018 starts like crazy. Just a week after they secured a giant Ropax for Irish Ferries, German shipyard FSG just signed a letter of intent with TT-Line Tasmania for 2 dual fuel Ropax set for delivery in 2021.

They will be 212m long and 31,5m wide. The estimated cost for these 2 giant will be around EUR 300M.

Operator: TT Line Tasmania
Design: FSG in house
Shipyard: FSG
Where: Melbourne - Devonport (Tasmania)
When: Late 2021

Illustrasjon: via Flensburger
I wonder what the purpose is of the small extra space one deck above the bridge. Extra wheelhouse for manouvring in port perhaps? Nice looking ship overall, but I do miss the Superfast "wings" on the funnel ;-)


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TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG sign Letter of Intent for new Spirits.

TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and European shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG (FSG) 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.”

FSG is a highly respected and experienced ship builder that has constructed more than 750 vessels ( since it was established in 1872.

It is currently building cruise ferries for Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries as well as RoRo vessels for the Siem Group. The company has also recently designed and built RoPax ferries for Canadian BC Ferries and Scottish Caledonian MacBrayne.

Rüdiger Fuchs, CEO of FSG, said: “We are very happy and proud to be appointed as TT-Lines preferred shipbuilder for the build of their two next generation passenger ferries.”

The TT-Line Board and the executive team of the company worked closely with the Tasmanian Government on vessel replacement through the Ships Replacement Sub-Committee of Cabinet, chaired by the Minister for Infrastructure, Rene Hidding, and including Premier Will Hodgman and Treasurer Peter Gutwein.

Kilde: Ferry Publications


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Fjordlines Stavangerfjord and Bergensfjord had the same little "bridge" in front at the top deck to, before
the rebuilding. I too wonder why?
On the GA-plan of this two it says "EM Bridge", so most likely it is an Emergency Bridge on the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels as well?

Does the Fjordline's one still have this after the rebuilding, and if so where? And is this a class requirement?
Its gone on the Fjordline ships after the rebuild. Seems a bit strange with a EM Bridge in the first place, havent seen that on any other ships,
and also where its placed, so fare aft. They cant see much either to the sides or in front from there.
On the GA-plan of this two it says "EM Bridge", so most likely it is an Emergency Bridge on the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels as well?

Does the Fjordline's one still have this after the rebuilding, and if so where? And is this a class requirement?
Solas safe return to port (For passenger vessels above 120m/3 MVZ constructed after 2010):
In case of casualty affecting the bridge, an alternative place shall be arranged where
essential equipment (fixed or portable) for navigation and detection of risk of collision
shall be available for the duration of SRtP.
Thank you for additional info, with SOLAS. But then one can wonder, why can Fjordline now sail around without the
extra bridge on top? Its now replaced by new cabins. See pic from before the rebuild and after.

Foto fra Fakta om Fartyg

Foto fra Shipspotting