The 210-metre (690-foot) vessel is the first of two new ships commissioned by Toll to carry freight between the Australian mainland and Tasmania, increasing Toll's Bass Strait cargo capacity by more than 40 per cent on each voyage.
The vessel is part of Toll's A$311 million (US$222 million) investment in improving the Bass Strait trade link, including a A$35 million to upgrade wharf facilities at Burnie, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
Tasmanian Achiever II will replace Tasmanian Achiever I when the 20-year-old ship is retired from the route it has plied successfully for the last two decades. The new ship will make the 396-kilometre (246-mile) Bass Strait crossing between Melbourne and Burnie in 13 hours, an hour faster than its predecessor and has capacity to carry 40 per cent more cargo, both in trucks or in containers.
The ship has been installed with a scrubber to meet the requirements of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap. In port, the new ship will connect to the local power grid.
Tasmanian Achiever II's identical sister ship, Victorian Reliance II will be named at a ceremony scheduled next weekend at Toll's wharf in Webb Dock, Port of Melbourne.