Temporary King Island shipping solution causes concern

The ship expected to end uncertainty over shipping services to King Island is causing concern among the community.

TasPorts ship Investigator has raised eyebrows because of its size and ability to handle the rough conditions of the Bass Strait.

The ship is due to make three weekly trips to King Island following the end of SeaRoad’s service on April 2.

The state government secured Investigator as a temporary solution but independent MLC for Murchison Ruth Forrest said the ship won’t meet the needs of King Island.

“(Investigator) has already been forced to shelter in 15 knot winds. With winds often in excess of 15 knots in Bass Strait, how will this ship reliably service King Island,” she said.

King Island mayor Duncan McFie said he understood concerns but was keen to ensure the community understood the challenges of securing a service on short notice.

“We have a ship. We have a service, and we have an undertaking that TasPorts are doing everything possible to build this into a solid business prospect, and this includes looking to secure a bigger and better vessel for the future,” he said.

Federal MP Justine Keay said the Tasmanian government must provide assurances the ship can provide a reliable and safe service.

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