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Supplying Spirits a ship-shape deal for provedoring company

HOBART-based Tasmanian Shipping Supplies has secured a million-dollar contract to supply catering and hotel equipment to the first of the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels under construction in Finland by Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC).

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies managing director Richard Fader said securing the contract was an exceptional outcome for the ship chandler and provedoring company, and a unique opportunity.

“Our business will be providing catering and hotel equipment to the first of the new Spirits,” he said. “It is virtually identical to the work we did for Serco and the Australian Antarctic Division’s new vessel ‘RSV Nuyina’ which was built in Romania.

“These are one-off contracts but hopefully it will lead to some ongoing business.

“We will be using the same skills and suppliers that we use in our everyday business – so it just adds to what we do.”

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said the Tasmanian Shipping Supplies announcement was good news for the state.

Other Tasmanian firms to already be awarded contracts by RMC and Spirit of Tasmania include Haywards Steel, Norfolk Blinds, Tas Independent Brewing Services, Handmark Gallery, Challis Waters Systems and Vanquad Vending.

He expects that further contracts with Tasmanian companies will be secured as the build progresses.

“The government will secure up to $100 million of local content for the new ships in an effort to boost Tasmanian manufacturing and our economy, that ultimately supports local jobs,” he said.

While the new ships will be a similar design to the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels, they will feature substantially larger capacity for passengers, vehicles and freight

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