Searoad boss Chas Kelly is welcoming the official steel cutting ceremony in Germany for his huge new vessel set to ply Bass Strait from late next year.
The 210-metre long ship will replace Searoad's charter vessel the MC Liekut between Melbourne and Devonport.
The event involved the ceremonial ‘pushing of the button’ to start the laser cutting machine with SeaRoad Technical Marine Manager, Tony Johnson, and FSG CEO Philipp Maracke doing the honours (pictured). Mr Johnson is currently on the ground in Germany overseeing the newbuild project.
German shipbuilding yard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft was chosen for the mammoth build.
The $150 million ship will have 4.2 kilometres worth of lane capacity.
“The ceremony marks an exciting chapter for SeaRoad, working together with FSG to deliver a vessel that will be of outstanding quality,” said Mr Kelly.