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Toll orders ro-ro vessel pair from Jinling Shipyard

Toll orders ro-ro vessel pair from Jinling Shipyard
Asia-Pacific’s logistics provider Toll Group will invest AUD170m ($130m) to construct two new purpose-built ships at a China’s Jinling Shipyard to support Bass Strait trade between Australia’s Victoria and Tasmania states.

The 12,000-dwt ro-ro vessels will operate between Burnie of Tasmania and Melbourne of Victoria, and provide 40% more freight capacity as well as more opportunities to transport refrigerated freight for Tasmania’s growing chilled export market.

Sinotrans & CSC’s Jinling Shipyard will deliver the ships in late-2018, replacing Toll’s existing ships.

“This significant investment underscores Toll’s commitment to the Australian market and the integral role that we play in connecting Tasmania to our vast global network,” said Brian Kruger, managing director of Toll.

“With this investment, we lay the foundation to expand our leading role in Australian logistics and continue servicing our customers with the best possible infrastructure and solutions,” said Kruger.

Rene Hidding, Tasmanian minister for infrastructure, said Toll’s new ships “are a vote of confidence in the future growth of the Bass Strait freight market and the state’s economy.”

Toll has already worked closely with the Port of Melbourne to secure an additional seven hectares of land in order to provide the landside infrastructure to support the increased freight capacity of the new ships.