The company that operates the Spirit of Tasmania has entered into negotiations with a German shipyard to build the planned replacements for the current vessels
TT line and Euporean shipbuilder, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG (FSG) are now sorting out the contract for the ships, they also look to settle on a final design.
Chairman of TT line Mike Grainger says an order is expected to be placed within 6 months, with it hoped that the new vessels will be on the water by 2021
“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 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
(pic source : https://www.fsg-ship.de/wordpress/en/ships/ropax-ferries)
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."
Since being established in 1872, FSG has constructed more than 750 vessels.