The Spirit of Tasmania turns 20

Happy Birthday: Captain Doug Harrower celebrating with the Spirit of Tasmania cake made by Penguin's Emma Vernon. Wednesday marked 20 years of life for the vessels. Picture: Rebecca Morris
Happy Birthday: Captain Doug Harrower celebrating with the Spirit of Tasmania cake made by Penguin's Emma Vernon. Wednesday marked 20 years of life for the vessels. Picture: Rebecca Morris

Getting into the birthday spirit has never been easier with the Spirit of Tasmania turning 20 on Wednesday. 

The iconic red and white vessels were built in 1998 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland and began operating on Bass Strait in September 2002.

By March 31 both vessels will have each completed more than 6000 round trips across Bass Strait.

On these trips Spirit of Tasmania I and II have carried nearly 6.3 million passengers and more than 2.7 million passenger vehicles.

TT-Line chief executive Bernard Dwyer said the numbers demonstrated the value of the service to the Tasmanian tourism industry and the broader Tasmanian economy.

“They are also a demonstration of our long-standing achievement in delivering a safe and reliable passenger, passenger vehicle and freight service,” he said.

Doug Harrower has captained the vessel for nearly six years, which equates to roughly 1200 voyages.

“It’s quite an exciting job, one of the most prestigious on the Coast, I’m very proud to be part of the TT-Line family,”  he said. 

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This story Celebrating with the birthday spirit first appeared on The Advocate.