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[Press Release] TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG sign Letter Of Intent for new Spirits

09 Jan 2017


TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG sign Letter Of Intent for new Spirits

TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and European shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG (FSG) have signed a letter of intent for the construction of two new ships to replace the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels.

TT-Line chairman Mike Grainger said the companies would now commence contract negotiations and agree to final design specifications.

“FSG was endorsed by the Board after the company short listed a number of international shipyards to build the new tailor-made vessels,” he said.

“As previously announced, we expect to place an order for the new vessels in the first half of the 2018 calendar year and for them to be delivered in time to commence operations on Bass Strait in 2021.”

FSG is a highly respected and experienced ship builder that has constructed more than 750 vessels (www.fsg-ship.de/wordpress/en/ships/) since it was established in 1872.

It is currently building cruise ferries for Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries as well as RoRo vessels for the Siem Group. The company has also recently designed and built RoPax ferries for Canadian BC Ferries and Scottish Caledonian MacBrayne.

Rüdiger Fuchs, CEO of FSG, said: “We are very happy and proud to be appointed as TT- Lines preferred shipbuilder for the build of their two next generation passenger ferries.”

The TT-Line Board and the executive team of the company worked closely with the Tasmanian Government on vessel replacement through the Ships Replacement Sub- Committee of Cabinet, chaired by the Minister for Infrastructure, Rene Hidding, and including Premier Will Hodgman and Treasurer Peter Gutwein.

Technical details

Length 212m
Beam  31.5m
Passengers/Crew  2000
Freight (Lane Metres) 2519
Passenger Vehicles  1714
Cabins 284
Recliners 195


Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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