THE state's tourism minister says he'll be monitoring a Victorian Police investigation of the Spirit of Tasmania, however police here said the boat was not being used for systematic drug and gun-running.
Reports surfaced yesterday that the government-owned ferry was subject to a law enforcement probe centred on drugs, guns and bikies.
News Ltd reported sources said that the Spirit was being used for drug trafficking, however authorities were not confirming the news.
TT-Line, operators of the Spirit, refused to comment for the second day in a row.
Tourism Minster Scott Bacon said he understood there was an investigation into drug and gun trafficking on the ferry between Melbourne and Devonport.
``There is a lot of work being done by Victorian police at the moment and if there is a problem we'd like to see it addressed,'' he told the ABC.
``The Police Minister has had conversations with the Victorian Police Minister in recent times and we'll be monitoring the investigation as it goes forward.''
Police Minister David O'Byrne said he would not being giving a running commentary on police matters.
``Tasmania, Victoria and Federal police regularly work co-operatively on a whole range of matters and have appropriate processes in place to identify and deal with any issues and we support their ongoing activities,'' Mr O'Byrne said.
He accused the Liberals of putting police operations possibly at risk after they linked the investigation to a recent industrial blockade of the Spirit.
Maritime workers have been blocking the loading of the Spirit due to a conflict with stevedoring company Qube.
Opposition infrastructure spokesman Rene Hidding labelled the Bass Strait the ``drugs super highway in to and out of Tasmania''.
In 2012 Tasmania Police conducted 58 searches of the Spirit's docking area with a sniffer dog but yesterday could not say if any drugs were found.
``Under the corporate reporting process, Tasmania Police does not collate the figures for seizures and arrests by specific location,'' a police spokeswoman said.
Tasports, which controls the docking area, outsources security to a third party but would not say who the company was.