Bass Strait Project Updates

Ready for growth

We have just three weeks to go until our new 700 TEU ships start operating, removing current constraints on the Bass Straight trade for many years to come.

Our present ships are full during peak periods of the year, however, now we can carry more, meaning more room for your business to grow. 

We've worked through a significant program to prepare our wharf infrastructure for the arrival of Tasmanian Achiever II and Victorian Reliance II. We operated around construction zones and from alternative berths to keep cargo moving. 

The alternative berth period was finished ahead of plan. We're now back to full capacity until our new ships arrive and enter service in the first week of March 2019, providing a significant increase in capacity and reliability in the Bass Strait trade.

Wharf Construction at Burnie and Webb Dock
Wharf construction facts

Tasmanian Achiever II has arrived

Tasmanian Achiever II and Victorian Reliance II

Tasmanian Achiever II's (TAII) first entry into an Australian Port was in Melbourne on 3 February. She arrived in Hobart on 5 February where she underwent flag change and the Toll crew took over control, ahead of her big day in Burnie on 17 February - her naming ceremony.

Meanwhile, Victorian Reliance II (VRII) will soon arrive in Melbourne, ready for her naming ceremony on 24 February and ahead of her first voyage across the Bass Strait on 1 March 2019.

What does 40 per cent more cargo look like?

Our two new ships can hold 40% more cargo

The ship naming ceremonies - we name these ships Tasmanian Achiever II and Victorian Reliance II

We are less than a week away until the first of our ship naming ceremonies.

The ceremony for Tasmanian Achiever II will be at McGaw Wharf, Burnie on 17 February while the ceremony for Victorian Reliance II will be at Webb Dock, Port Melbourne on 24 February.

There’ll be a traditional champagne smashing and we’re bringing out the big band.

Special guests include The Hon. Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania and The Hon. Martin Pakula MP, Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, at the Burnie and Melbourne ceremonies respectively.

This is a once-in-a-generation community celebration of Toll’s role in the Bass Strait trade.

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