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New ship for King Island

The Tasmanian Government has secured a new ship to run a triangular freight service between King Island, the Tasmanian mainland and Victoria. The vessel, being built in Malaysia, will have double the capacity of the existing freighter, The Investigator, and will meet all the island’s present freight and livestock demands, while having reserve capacity for future growth. The service will eliminate the present unloading and re-loading conducted in Devonport for freight from the island to Victoria. The new ship will be run by a subsidiary of Tasports, Bass Island Lines, which operates The Investigator. The Government said the operator would consult with customers on the island and with other key stakeholders including Tasmanian-based meat processors about port schedules and logistics.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

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