Update 60

Smooth sailing for car

The latest news on the six allocated sea containers to be used specifically for the transportation of light vehicles on the John Duigan is as follows: today (June 1) the containers were loaded onto the vessel in Geelong and will be put to work immediately.

BIL has consistently said that we will provide protected stow for vehicles on John Duigan and the new shipping containers will be used for that very purpose.

All aboard: cars will be afforded protection while on board the John Duigan


These containers will be available to allow for loading and reloading of cars at all ports of call. They are ‘side door containers’ which allow cargo to be easly secured within the container and accessed in order to easily load/unload.

In the case where there are more than six cars making a booking on the vessel, customers will be given the option to part their car on the deck or to defer to a future sailing.

BIL numbers game

Freight transported up to 1 June on board the John Duigan:

Number of voyages: 18 (including 15 general sailings and 3 livestock sailings)

Total King Island freight movements

(north and southbound cargo)

Type                 Tonne

General              2,420

Fertiliser             2,464

Livestock               488

Total                   5,372

The cargo includes:  35 car

Launch event success

Bass Island Line (BIL) would like to once again to thank everyone who braved the wet weather to attend the community event and official naming ceremony for the John Duigan on 18 May.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community of King Island.

Happy day: Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney speaks at the King Island community event.

BIL Update 60 full PDF available here.