Spirit of Tasmania turns 20
The Spirit of Tasmania ferries – which have carried more than six million people across Bass Strait – have celebrated their 20th birthday. The twin ferries were built in Finland in 1998 and began the Bass Strait run four years later. During that time they have each clocked up more than 6000 round trips carrying 6.3 million passengers, 2.7 million vehicles and 1.3 million shipping containers. TT-Line Chief Executive, Bernard Dwyer, told The Advocate that these numbers demonstrated the enormous value of the service to both tourism and the broader Tasmanian economy: “They are also a demonstration of our long-standing achievement in delivering a safe and reliable passenger, vehicle and freight service.” However, days on the Bass Strait are numbered for these iconic red-and-white ships. Spirit of Tasmania I and II will be replaced by two custom-built ships in 2021, with TT-Line signing a letter of intent with a German shipbuilder.
11 April 2018, Edition 193