Prime Minister of Tasmania – Spirit of Tasmania facilities in Geelong on track for first sailing


July 1, 2022

Michael Ferguson, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport

The purpose-built new Spirit of Tasmania terminal at GeelongPort is set to be completed well ahead of the first sailings on October 23 this year.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government and TT-Line are eager to move to Geelong from Station Pier in Port Melbourne.

We are very pleased to see first hand here today the major works well underway in our new Victorian home.

It’s great to see the new district taking shape in anticipation of welcoming our first passengers to Geelong later this year.

This move has provided us with a unique opportunity to improve the passenger experience and allow us to expand the cargo business based on demand for many years to come.

The new freight station will allow freight to be picked up and dropped off at any time, day or night, and will help alleviate the current freight constraints of Station Pier, which require freight to be collected immediately upon unloading.

Additionally, the new facility will be located within 40 minutes of 80% of our Victoria-based freight customers and 55 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.

GeelongPort CEO Brett Winter said the new $135 million passenger and cargo terminal project in north Geelong is progressing well.

“The development of the terminal and the civil works of the project on Corio Quay Road are well advanced,” he said.

“The wider civil works at the site are also progressing well, while in the marine infrastructure part of the project work on the three-tier boarding ramp for cars, caravans and trucks to be boarded simultaneously is well advanced.

“Work is also continuing on the interface with the general cargo area,” Winter said.

The new 12-hectare site in Geelong will include a passenger terminal, a passenger vehicle staging area for 600 cars and caravans, more efficient passenger vehicle check-in, security facilities, public amenities, a catering point and a parking area. games for children.

The terminal will include state-of-the-art facilities for passengers and staff, providing space to relax before or after their journey.

The design of the building is inspired by Victorian and Tasmanian landscapes, more specifically the landscape of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

Beyond the passenger terminal, the new facility will include a dedicated cargo terminal, streamlined and separate passenger and cargo entry and exit points, and 150 truck parking areas.

The port will not only accommodate existing vessels, but it will also accommodate new purpose-built vessels in 2024.

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