Securing the future of the Bass Strait trade

Introducing the largest ever investment into the Bass Strait trade – two purpose built, 700 TEU ships operating out of modern, world class facilities.


Introducing the largest ever investment into the Bass Strait trade – two purpose built, 700 TEU ships operating out of modern, world class facilities.

The investment is about growth – for the industries that rely on the link between Tasmania and mainland Australia, the network that moves your freight, the local economy and the communities in which Toll operates.

We’re creating an immediate and a much needed capacity boost while at the same time improving terminal efficiencies resulting in a faster turnaround time for customers.

"Toll is the gateway between Tasmania and mainland Australia. We are proud to support the Tasmanian local economy by helping businesses reach interstate and international markets. Equally important, Tasmanian consumers depend upon Toll to import products, particularly retail goods, and we are proud to support this exchange."


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Logistics excellence

We’re equipped to meet industry and economic demands.

As logistics experts, we work with our customers to fully understand your business providing best fit solutions for maximum efficiency.

Our focus is on accommodating end-to-end customer needs - ensuring we get your products across Bass Strait to market, fresh and on-time.

Inbound services from the mainland to Tasmania: Whether you need packaging, feed, or supplies, we’ll transport it across Bass Strait to Tasmania.

Outbound services from Tasmania to the mainland: From Tasmania to the world – Toll’s ships and terminals are designed to help transport your world-renowned fresh Tasmanian products to domestic and export markets.

Two state-of-the-art ships

We have two new 700 TEU ships, purpose built for the Bass Strait trade to cater for current and future growth. Their state-of-the-art facilities, include:

  • More power for refrigerated containers and increased capacity to carry them on board, ensuring correct handling of your temperature controlled and time-sensitive freight.
  • Increased protection for our cargo, against Bass Strait weather conditions.
  • Specialty car deck – allows cars to be in a clean and safe environment away from containers and trailers.

The ships also have new levels of efficiency to keep freight moving, this includes:

  • Simultaneous loading and unloading – delivering trailers right up until the time of sailing.
  • Faster travel resulting in more time at port to load and unload.


View our sailing schedule, terminal operating hours and network map.

Efficiency and productivity

As a major Tasmanian employer, we provide an integrated local, national and international transport network through our rail, road and shipping infrastructure to ensure your business is supported with the best end-to-end solutions.

  • Our modern terminals are designed to provide safe, efficient loading and discharging of the ships, resulting in fast freight turnaround times for our customers. The safety of our people, our customers and the communities in which we work are our number one priority and our terminals have been constructed with this in mind.
  • Our integrated Customer Booking System facilitates terminal and sailing slots and minimises gatehouse entry and exit times for trucks.
  • Toll’s investment into new ships and terminals is being complemented by transport branch upgrades in Launceston and Burnie. This will further boost our capacity to provide an end-to-end efficient freight transport service between the mainland and Tasmania.

Future proof

To ensure that shipping is cleaner and greener, the International Maritime Organisations (IMO) has adopted mandatory energy-efficient measures to reduce Green House Gas emissions from international shipping.

The environmental management systems in Toll’s new ships, include sophisticated exhaust scrubbers to filter engine exhaust gases. This will minimise emissions so that Toll can meet the IMO’s requirements for reduced emissions.

In the future, our ships will be ready to convert to natural gas fuel and will have access to shore power connection, reducing the requirement for engines running at port.

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About Toll Group

Since its inception in 1888, Toll has grown from its single horse and cart operation in Australia to one of Asia Pacific’s leading logistics providers with a truly global footprint. In 2015 the group was acquired by Japan Post, making it the world’s fifth largest logistics company.

Today Toll offers end–to-end integrated logistics solutions providing regional capability with global connectivity. Our consistent service delivery and financial stability has resulted in long partnerships with our customers and our ability to respond to demand volatility ensures we are a trusted partner.

Safety is a core value at Toll. We believe everyone has the right to go home safely. It’s more than words on a page – we live it unashamedly, and we weave this value into everything we do with you, applying world-class safety rigour to our service solutions and customer operations.

We are always looking to deliver cost efficiencies to our customers as well as speed to market solutions through the early adoption of technology and innovation to provide you with added value.

In Singapore we have a dedicated innovation centre exploring cutting-edge technology such as robotics, integrated automation and communication as well as redefining older technologies such as RFID to ensure we are constantly evolving and responding to the demands of our customers and the market.

But we know that you don’t expect us to rest on our laurels and that is why we operate a continuous improvement model designed to increase customer value. We deploy a world-class, lean-focussed Continuous Improvement program across our organisation that serves to enhance our customer value proposition.

Our approach to customers is to proactively improve our customer communication and transparency through an embedded listen and respond culture. And drawing on the broader group, our economies of scale do not just extend to our cost advantages, but to our breadth of expertise across our network. We are constantly drawing on this logistics experience and combining it with in-country expertise to deliver successful solutions.

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