John Duigan


Bass Island Line (BIL) offers a safe and reliable shipping service for the King Island community with its impressive vessel, John Duigan.

John Duigan operates a weekly service departing Geelong on Wednesday, Grassy on Sunday, Devonport on Monday and Grassy on Tuesday.

John Duigan has been tailored specifically to King Island’s freight needs. That includes deck fittings to handle King Island’s diverse freight of containers, livestock and project cargo, as well as increased refrigerated capacity to meet customer demand.

John Duigan is an 80 metre vessel with a draft of 3.68 meters and a deck area of 747m2.

It has excellent sea-state handling in the Bass Strait delivering reliability of service for all our customers and stakeholders.

The mainland Tasmanian port for the service with John Duigan is currently Bell Bay.

It is BIL’s intention that Burnie will be the dedicated port for the service in the medium term. The timing of the move to Burnie will be announced in due course.

John Duigan officially came into service on Friday 4 May 2018.

BIL encourages customers to make bookings by calling 1300 038 228.