Bass Island Line (BIL) operates a service between Victoria, Grassy on King Island and mainland Tasmania on our vessel John Duigan.

BIL is responsive to business and community needs and we are committed to providing a safe and reliable shipping service for the King Island community.

Moving freight

The BIL shipping service caters for containerised, bulk and vehicular cargo and livestock.

We move a wide range of freight onto and off King Island including fertiliser, livestock, fuel, refrigerated dairy products, groceries, stockfeed, household goods, construction materials, agricultural equipment, kelp and motor vehicles.

BIL also has the ability to handle project cargoes and offer special charter rates.

We encourage customers to get in touch to discuss their freight needs by calling 1300 038 228.

Fertiliser and livestock

Fertiliser and livestock are the largest King Island imports and exports for the BIL shipping service.

We work closely with our customers to meet fertiliser demand, including during the peak season (autumn and spring).  We are also committed to meeting the needs of our livestock contractors.


BIL transports a range of vehicles to and from King Island. We provide a protected stow in containers for vehicles on John Duigan to limit exposure to salt spray and provide protection from the elements during crossings. It should be noted that vehicle container numbers are limited.

Please contact your local Bass Island Line agent to confirm shipping costs and applicable rebates that may be available on transporting vehicles.

Bass Straight Passenger Equalisation Scheme (BSPVES)

On 7 January 2021, the Federal Government announced the Bass Strait Passenger Equalisation Scheme (BSPVES) would be temporarily increased to boost passenger vehicle bookings.

BIL is pleased to confirm that between 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2021, light passenger vehicles (large and small) will be transported at no charge to customers, where:

  • The vehicle is less than 5.5 metres long and is not towing a trailer, caravan, etc.
  • The transport of the vehicle is eligible for BSPVES and all supporting documentation is provided.
  • A trip occurs between 1 March 2021 – 30 June 2021 and the higher rebate provided by the Australian Government remains available.

The subsidy will only apply to new bookings and will be available until 30 June 2021, or until the allocation has been exhausted, whichever comes first. It should be noted that vehicle container numbers are limited.

For more information, or to make your booking, please contact your relevant shipping agent:

Ex-King Island: Jim McKenzie Agencies 03 6462 1415

Other bookings: TasCargo 1300 038 228


Customers are encouraged to make their own arrangements for containers to carry their cargo. BIL is not a total freight solution and is unable to provide shipping containers as part of the service.

Receival and Delivery (R&D)

BIL works hard to ensure an effective Receival and Delivery (R&D) process at the port of Grassy. In 2017 BIL invested in a second 35T fork to for R&D and stevedoring operations at Grassy. This provided further flexibility and freight handling capacity.


Customers pay freight rates for their goods to be moved from one destination to another with R&D at both ends. The cost of stevedoring is part of that charge.


BIL consults regularly with stakeholders about our shipping service.

We are in regular contact with all stakeholders on King Island by phone, email and in person.

We send staff members to King Island to provide responsive customer liaison services and we have a website where customers can find more information, including the most recent shipping schedule.

BIL also provides all stakeholders with regular updates via email, covering everything from the schedules updates to milestone achievements and tips for customers.

Customers can call the BIL contact number for further information: 1300 038 228.