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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
FLEET RENEWAL INVESTING IN OUR MARINE SERVICES Tasports kick started a major fleet renewal program in 2015. The key objectives of the program are to improve the safety of our employees, the efficiency and reliability of our marine and land based assets and the growth of our customers. Over the last 12 months Tasports has significantly upgraded the capacity of the current fleet through the addition of three new work boats and the acquisition of the tug, Korimul. In 2016 and 2017 Tasports will add two new pilot cutters to the State’s fleet. Following extensive research Tasports has contracted Victorian company, Hart Marine, to supply two new French designed 15.6m ORC Pilot vessels. The contemporary design of these vessels encapsulates the very best features available to maximise safety, sea keeping ability and efficiency in the challenging waters of Bass Strait. The vessels will provide greatly improved performance including state of the art engines (top speed of 28 knots) and electronics. Key safety features include the self-righting capability of the vessel, the hull provides significant increase in comfort as it has a wave piercing ‘beak’ bow and the wheelhouse is independently mounted from the rest of the hull to reduce vibration. The vessels’ deployment in the northern ports of Burnie and Bell Bay will ensure safer transfer of pilots in adverse weather conditions and greater efficiency of pilot transfers due to speed, manoeuvrability and capacity of the vessel. This $5m investment ensures the ongoing safety of our pilots and crew and will play a pivotal role in our ability to service future business and customer growth. Images: Hart Marine 2016 500398A_1of2_Tasmanian Ports Corp I 2242