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SeaRoad’s MV Liekut Departs for Australia

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SeaRoad’s new charter vessel, MV LIEKUT, is scheduled to arrive at Station Pier in Melbourne on 26 March.

Media release – SeaRoad, 11 March 2021

SeaRoad’s MV Liekut departs for Australia

SeaRoad’s new charter vessel MV Liekut departed Cape Town on 9 March bound for Melbourne and is scheduled to arrive at Station Pier on 26 March. In preparation for Liekut arrival – which will service the Bass Strait route – SeaRoad has invested $15 million in developing the East Devonport terminal. This includes fendering, berth strengthening, and mooring bollards works, which are currently being completed for the 210-metre-long ship. In Melbourne, $600,000 of fendering relocation, pile restoration and mooring bollards works are also close to completion.

Executive Chairman of SeaRoad, Chas Kelly, said the investment in the charter vessel and port works would provide increased capacity for freight across Bass Strait. SeaRoad’s total lane metre capacity will grow by almost 70% when MV Liekut replaces the existing SeaRoad Tamar

“We’ve seen a fantastic response from our clients in the lead up to Liekut commencing service. More transport options for Tasmanian agriculture, aquaculture and manufacturing industries means more growth opportunities for businesses,” Mr Kelly said.

MV Liekut will conduct its maiden, non-commercial, voyage from Melbourne on 1 April, arriving in Devonport on 2 April for operational testing.

The ship will then depart Devonport on its first commercial voyage on 5 April (Easter Monday) and travel to Webb Dock, Port Melbourne overnight, arriving on 6 April.

Source: Tasmanian Times

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