The first of two 700 teu cargo ship for the Bass Strait route between the Tasmanian port of Burnie and the port of Melbourne entered service with the Toll Group on Mar 1.
The Tasmanian Achiever II replaced the Tasmanian Achiever 1 and the second new ship is the Victorian Reliance II. Toll bought the two cargo ships to increase the volume of freight that it can carry by more that 40 per cent each voyage.
The new ship is fitted with scrubbers to reduce emissions and meets the standards of sulphur emissions which will be introduced in January, 2020, by the IMO.
Toll has also invested AU$35mn in uprading the wharf facilities at Burnie, in Tasmania. When in port, the new ships will connect to the local power grid.