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COVER STORY | WORLD HERITAGE CRUISES
The Grining family have the West Coast firmly etched on their hearts and are again making a major investment in the area by building a brand new, state of the art cruise vessel to take visitors into the world-renowned Gordon River and beyond.
World Heritage Cruises has commissioned Hobart shipbuilder, Richardson Divine Marine (RDM) to build a new multi-million dollar 35-meter low wash catamaran capable of carrying 200 passengers.
Construction has already begun, and the new boat will be in operation this coming summer.
"Our family has been taking visitors into these West Coast waters for more than 120 years, it's in our blood and our boats have certainly come along way over the years!," said Guy Grining, owner of World Heritage Cruises.
The company, which employs 22 local staff, first used RDM to build its first fast catamaran in 1994, and since then, has regularly updated their vessels, meaning visitors enjoy only the finest.
"It's really important to us to keep the whole build process in Tasmania. RDM have built our boats for more than two decades and these low wash catamarans which we first helped design are now sold all over the world," Guy said.
The new vessel is built for purpose and will be surveyed to take its passengers to sea, making it the only large cruise boat operating out of Strahan capable of venturing out through the treacherous entry to Macquarie Harbour, Hell's Gates and around the Cape Sorell Lighthouse.
"The thing that sets our family company apart is our level of service and attention to detail. We have never missed one day cruising because of vessel maintenance issues or weather. That's because our boats are purpose-built to handle anything the West Coast can throw at them!"
As well as being built for the job, this new vessel will feature Australian designed and built seats, windows, generators and water jets.
Being jet-propelled means a shallower draft, enabling the vessel into areas other boats of this size can not venture.
"We are running state of the art Scania engines which are the most fuel-efficient in their class, meaning we have an extremely small carbon footprint."
The cruise, which takes passengers around Macquarie Harbour, includes a guided tour of Sarah Island and a slow cruise up the World Heritage-listed Gordon River, will also include new gourmet dining options featuring Tasmanian seafood, cheeses and gin and whisky tastings.
To find out more about the cruise and to book your trip visit worldheritagecruises.com.au.