The contract for the replacement Spirit of Tasmania ferries with financially-troubled German company FSG (Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft) has been mutually cancelled. TT Line has reached a Memorandum of Understanding with Finnish ship builder, Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), to deliver the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels.
"FSG, the German shipyard, will not be building the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels,"
TT Line Chairman Mike Grainger announcing the ferry deal with a German company's off. For many months, black clouds have hung over the now cancelled deal with speculation over whether state owned ferry operator TT Line was lurching towards a dud deal financially.
The state government's reiterated no money has changed hands, with Minister Michael Ferguson commending TT-Line for its management of the situation, while endorsing the existing ships as still first rate.
"They're excellent vessels. They're fast, they're reliable, we're able to upscale sailings to include day sailings where we do meet capacity issues."
Ferguson made assurances that the replacement ships will still come into operation within the original 2028 target.
"We are looking forward to the contract negotiations being fulfilled with our new builder Rauma Marine Contructions (RMC), a Finnish based company for delivery of the first hull in 2022."