Saturday, April 20, 2024

New Spirit of Tasmania local contracts awarded

Three more Tasmanian companies – Seamaster, Tas Isle Trading and Rapid Supply – have been awarded contracts to provide equipment and machinery for the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels currently under construction in Finland.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson said the Tasmanian firms joined an already extensive list of local companies now involved in providing goods and services for the new ships being constructed by Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC).

“The Rockliff Liberal Government is highly supportive of any Tasmanian business providing content for the new vessels,” said Minister Ferguson.

“Importantly, Spirit of Tasmania and RMC continue to work working closely with other Tasmanian companies to provide further opportunities to supply locally manufactured goods and services.”

Details of the contracts awarded are as follows:

  • Seamaster, which operates from Hobart and Devonport, has been awarded a contract to supply all of the lifesaving equipment for the new ships, including lifejackets, immersions suits and pyrotechnics;
  • Hobart’s Tas Isle Trading will supply all of the washing machines and clothes dryers for the crew laundries on the new ships. It will also provide ongoing maintenance of the washers and dryers once the vessels are operating on Bass Strait; and
  • Devonport-based Rapid Supply is set to supply all of the tools, equipment and machinery required by the crew for on-board maintenance and repairs.

Mr Ferguson said RMC had recently advised TT-Line management that the vessels could be delayed by up to seven weeks, with the first ship completed in mid-June. 

“RMC has advised it will continue to work diligently towards delivery and minimising or even making up any delay,” he said.

RMC is one of Europe’s largest shipbuilding companies which specialises in the construction and maintenance of car and passenger ferries, icebreakers and defence vessels. 

The first vessel, Spirit of Tasmania IV, was officially named and launched last month at a ceremony at the shipbuilder’s yards in Finland.

More information is available at: https://rmcfinland.fi/ 

More information about the new ships is available at: Spirit of Tasmania IV & V – New Ship

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