King Island shipping service update

TasPorts, the owner and operator of Bass Island Line, can today confirm the vessel John Duigan will be out of service for up to 12 weeks, following investigations at dry dock in Adelaide.

Inspections of the vessel’s propeller shaft have determined a replacement is needed, which has required components to be sourced internationally. Further to this, a detailed assessment is continuing to determine the root cause of the damage.

TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Anthony Donald said the continuity of shipping services to the King Island community will continue to be maintained.

“When the John Duigan’s performance issues were first noted, Bass Island Line worked quickly to charter the King Islander for an interim period to ensure no disruption to freight services,” Mr Donald said.

“The existing charter arrangements more than satisfy the current freight task, as we’re operating at about 60% capacity, however Bass Island Line is investigating alternate, long-term charter arrangements in anticipation of the busy summer season,” Mr Donald said.

Mr Donald said Bass Island Line continues to actively engage with the King Island Shipping Group and King Island Council.

“I acknowledge the current performance issues of the John Duigan are disappointing and want to reassure our customers of our unwavering commitment to supporting the King Island community, irrespective of the vessel utilised,” Mr Donald said.