Bass Strait freight capacity increases as Tasmania Achiever II sets sail

Will Hodgman,Premier & Minister for Trade

Australia’s newest and biggest cargo ship, the Tasmanian Achiever II, was officially launched in Burnie today.

The Tasmanian Achiever II is the latest addition to Tasmania’s growing freight sector, and will increase Toll’s Bass Strait carrying capacity by 40 per cent.

Toll Group’s investment in Tasmania’s export future is also great recognition of the strength of our economy and export sector.

The Tasmania Achiever II is part of Toll Group’s $311 million investment in two new ships and wharf upgrades to Port of Burnie and Webb Dock in Melbourne.

This investment will ensure not only that our world class produce can reach expanding markets both domestically and internationally, but that Tasmanian businesses and communities have another important link for inward goods.

Alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison who attended the launch today, and the Federal Coalition Government, the Tasmanian Government is committed to taking our export sector to the next level, and we will soon launch the State’s first Trade Strategy to help our businesses expand their presence in international markets to support jobs here.

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