Year of built:1998

Hull number: 1340

Shipyard: Kvaerner Masa Yards Inc, Åbo, Finland

Dimensions : 194,33 x 25,00 x 6,55 m

Brt/ Nrt/ Dwt. 29,067/ 11,246/ 5,600.

Engines: 4 x Wärtsilä Sulzer 16ZAV40S diesel

Effect: 42240 kW

Speed: 28.5 Knots (max 30.8 knots)

Passanger: 1400

Lower berths 810

Number of cabins: 222

Cars: 1000

Call sign: SWHZ

Lane meters: 1464

IMO: 9158434

sistership: Superfast IV

History of the ship

Delivred on 12th february 1998 to Superfast ferries, Patras, Greece, the ship is then named SUPERFAST III

16/2/1998: Call at Kiel

18/2/1998: Call at Amsterdam

2/1998: Call at Pireaus

25/2/1998 to  26/2/1998: She sailed from Pireaus to Heraklion in a record time(5h50)

3/16/1998: Patras-Ancona line

1/11/1999: After the departure from Patras a fire broke out , then the fire spread to a freezer trailer that probably got an inclination on the electrical system. SUPERFAST III carried 307 passengers and 106 crew members when it occured. And in addition there were a truck carrying 14 refugees from Kurdistan. The passengers and the crew was evacuated from the ship. When the boat arrived Patras, an ivestigation was done to find the causes and they found the 14 refugees dead.

2/11/1999: Arrival in Patras, after the disaster

11/1999: Sail to Blohm+Voss shipyards, Hamburg

3/12/1999: Arrival in Blohm+Voss Hamburg, the repairs started. The whole refit cost around US$26. It lasted for 96 days.

3/3/2000: Patras-Ancona line

8/3/2002: Sold to TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia

11/5/2002: Arrival in Neorion shipyards, Ermoupolis, Syros, for rebuilding prior to be delivred to her new owner, the wings are removed from the funnel

6/2002: Renamed Spirit of Tasmania II

7/2002: Left Syros to Hobart

8/8/2002: Official naming ceremony in Hobart

18/8/2002: Left Hobart, sailing to Melbourne

1/9/2002: Devonport - Station Pier(Melbourne Harbor) line

Photos of the ship

Spirit of Tasmania II, photos copyright Mitchell Bruce