TT-Line is a significant player in maritime transport between mainland Australia-Tasmania and has commissioned a couple of identical Spirit of Tasmania ships from RMC-Rauma Marine Constructions. The project is the largest individual foreign sale between Australia and Finland. It will create a total of ~3500 person-years’ worth of employment at the shipyard.
Spirit of Tasmania’s huge L-222 keel weighs ~230 metric tons.
Currently, the Spirit of Tasmania-named ships carry ~450,000 passengers per year. The new ferries will operate on a challenging route across the Bass Strait between Geelong Victoria-Devonport Tasmania. The vessels have been specially designed to undertake the specific route.
The ships will hold 1,800 passengers each. Their gross tonnage will be ~48,000 metric tons. The newbuilds will replace the Finnish-built sisterships from the 1990s. Building of the first ferry will be completed at the start of 2024 and the 2nd in late 2024.