Bass Strait Project Updates

Our new fleet is complete

Toll’s new fleet of two new 700 TEU ships is complete following the handover ceremony for Victorian Reliance II this week. The ships will bring an immediate and long-term boost to the Bass Strait trade when they enter operations on 1 March 2019.

Like her sister ship, Victorian Reliance II brings 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.

Toll took ownership of Tasmanian Achiever II in November.

The key features of the two new ships 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 specialty deck to carry cars away from containerised freight and better protection from wind and weather.
We welcome Victorian Reliance II

Toll has taken ownership of Victorian Reliance II. Her naming ceremony will take place in Melbourne, ahead of her first voyage across the Bass Strait on 1 March 2019.

Save the date!
Customers, industry partners and the general public will have the opportunity to be part of the naming ceremonies for Toll's two new ships and to view them before they enter service. The ceremonies will be held at Burnie on 17 February 2019 and Webb Dock on 24 February 2019.

Lifting the lid on alternative berthing

Toll will use alternative berths at Webb Dock and Burnie from 7 January 2019, while new shore ramps are installed at its regular berths. The work has been timed for the time of year that volumes are lowest and will be complete within three weeks.

During this time Receivals and Deliveries will take place at current locations, with all cargo transferred to the alternative berths in the evening. Toll’s ships will sail at 4.30 am on Monday to Saturday.

The shore ramps are a critical piece of infrastructure for Toll’s new ships. The Melbourne shore ramp is 27 metres wide and 10 metres long and weighs almost 100 tonne. The Burnie ramp is so big it has to be shipped to Tasmania in four pieces – a combined 27 metres wide by 24 metres long. It has a total weight of almost 170 tonne.

We'll take all measures to keep freight moving during the alternative berthing period. Please contact your account manager if you have any questions.

Our ships will be back to full capacity when they return to Toll’s regular berths, ahead of the capacity boost to 700 TEU when the new ships enter service.

Watch the video of the new shore ramps being delivered to Webb Dock in August to get an appreciation of their size and the scale of work that will be required for their installation.


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