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Published on : Monday, January 18, 2016
Last night, the Spirit of Tasmania II’s mooring lines broke in a freak storm event at Port Melbourne. Importantly, no passengers or staff were reported injured.
Engineers are currently assessing the vessel for any signs of damage and work is already underway to remove damaged infrastructure at Station Pier in Melbourne.
This morning, I met with TT Line CEO Bernard Dwyer and Infrastructure Tasmania CEO Alan Garcia, as part of ongoing work to ensure contingencies are in place for visitors and freight. The Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania has also been kept informed.
TT Line has advised that from tonight Spirit I will undertake additional sailings to cover the absence of Spirit II.
I want to assure Tasmanians, travellers and exporters that everything possible is being done to expedite a return to a regular sailing schedule.
TT Line is contacting all affected passengers and is also contacting all those with freight consignments to work through options.
Importantly, TT Line has assured us that freight leaving Tasmania will be given priority.
The Spirits are an integral part of our island state’s infrastructure, and as such resolving this unforeseen incident is being treated with the greatest of importance.
Source:- Tourism Tasmania