Bass Island Line (BIL) has officially taken ownership of the John Duigan, marking another milestone in bringing the new bigger vessel into service for the King Island community.
John Duigan is a new vessel and has been specifically tailored to meet the King Island cargo task requirements for the shipping service between Victoria, the island and mainland Tasmania.
Compared with the current Investigator II , the new landing craft (LCT) vessel has 83% increased deck space, 120% increase in weight capacity, 90% increase in container capacity and 20% increase in running speed (from 10 knots to 12 knots).
Built by Malaysian company Vitawani Shipbuilding, the new vessel has a V-shaped hull and is longer, heavier and wider than its predecessor. These features will substantially improve the vessel’s sea-keeping characteristics for travel across in the Bass Strait.
BIL intends John Duigan to sail southbound from Victoria once a week to King Island and then onto a northern Tasmanian port. Both the ports and the schedule will be announced before the John Duigan comes into service.
BIL is confident the new vessel will deliver a better and more reliable service for the King Island community.