Bass Strait Project Updates

A view of the future

Toll has taken delivery of Tasmanian Achiever II. The build of her sister ship, Victorian Reliance II, is on track and both will enter operation on 1 March 2019. 

These impressive ships, measuring almost 210 metres long and 28 metres wide, will carry 700 TEU, which is 40 per cent more cargo than our existing ships. 

Toll's $172 million new ships will be complimented by a further $139 million into property upgrades that will optimise the efficiency of the terminals at Webb Dock and Burnie. This $311 million investment will support growth – for all customers that rely on the link between Tasmania and mainland Australia, our network that moves your freight, and for the economy. The Bass Strait trade is vital for Tasmanian exports. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures quoted by the Tasmanian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet show that the value of Tasmanian exports grew to $3.54 billion in the year to April 2018 – an increase of 35 per cent compared to the previous year.

Meet Tasmanian Achiever II

Tasmanian Achiever II is the first of Toll's two ships to be ready. Her naming ceremony will take place in Burnie, which is fitting given the role she'll play in boosting the Bass Strait trade.


Fast fact: The investment into Toll Tasmania / Shipping totals $366.6 million.
This includes $311 million for two new ships, wharf and terminal upgrades, a $25 million redevelopment of the Toll facility at Launceston, a $6 million redevelopment at Villawood, Sydney and a $24.6 million fleet replacement program. 

Future ready

Toll's two new ships are designed with the future in mind. The larger ships will bring state-of-the-art technology, environmental management systems for the long term, and extra efficiencies in the way we will load, transport and discharge greater volumes of cargo. Key features are:

  • 700 TEU – 40 per cent more capacity than our existing ships.
  • Faster travelling time – allowing more time at port to load and unload cargo.
  • Simultaneous loading and unloading of the decks via fixed ramps – meaning trailers will be able to be loaded right up to the time of sailing.
  • Additional power points to accommodate growth in reefers, a car tween deck to carry cars away from containerised freight and better protection from wind and weather.


Meet Tasmanian Achiever II

Keeping freight moving

Toll’s terminals at Webb Dock and Burnie are transforming, initially with upgrades to the wharves to accommodate the two larger ships and with longer term property works to optimise efficiency. As the changes take place we’re facing the ultimate challenge: to pull out all stops to keep freight moving while safely making use of less space to load and unload the ships around construction exclusion zones.

The current work, scheduled to finish in the first week of December, will prepare our wharves for the installation of bigger and heavier shore ramps in January 2019 so that they are ready for Toll’s new, larger ships.

Watch the video to get a bird's eye view of the wharf and terminal transformation at Webb Dock. We're staying at port longer, using alternative carriers and scheduling Sunday sailing to manage the challenges that the current wharf upgrades bring. 

What’s coming up?

In coming months we'll be talking to you about all stages of our upgrades and the introduction of the two new ships in March. Here's what's coming up:

  • Upgrades to wharf infrastructure will culminate in the installation of massive shore ramps after the Christmas break. We’re finalising arrangements for this ramp replacement which is scheduled to occur at the time of year when customer demand is typically at its lowest.
  • The naming ceremonies for Tasmanian Achiever II and Victorian Reliance II will take place in February. We’re making arrangements so that our customers and the community can be a part of this exciting milestone before the ships enter service.


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