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Spirit of Tasmania I and II: Trimline carries out its largest two-ship ferry interior rebrand

Trimline delivered a £13 million (US$20 million) refit programme that transformed the two Tasmanian, state-owned and operated fast ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II. A hugely complex and time-sensitive project, the refit was successfully completed on time and to budget thanks to the collaborative approach adopted by Trimline


The £13 million (US$20 million) refit programme to transform the two Tasmanian, state-owned and operated fast ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II was a hugely complex and time-sensitive project.

The overarching aim of the refit programme, as set out by TT-Line, was to help drive passenger numbers on its two ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II. Responses to the ITT were required within a tight timeframe in order to meet the proposed timescales for refit, which were during the quieter, off-peak winter months. The refurbishment would see a turnkey solution, the remodelling, upgrade and refresh of four passenger decks, including 222 standard and deluxe cabins, in addition to the public areas of both vessels.


The combined efforts of Trimline, TT-Line and the many sub-contractors deployed on the project helped to deliver a high-quality project on-time and to budget. In all, the project saw the refurbishment of:

  • 222 standard and deluxe cabins
  • Two new 48-seat cinemas
  • New recliners in the accommodation lounge
  • New layout and look to four upper decks
  • Revamped lounge and deck areas
  • New self-service restaurant, ‘Tasmanian Market Kitchen’, inspired by the local markets in Tasmania
  • Three new bars, serving regional wines and beers
  • A family area
  • A takeaway shop
  • Light, bright seating areas

The work on both ships involved around 30,000 hours of labour, from both Trimline’s UK staff, as well as the many local skilled tradesmen who contributed to the project.

As a result of the refurbishment, TT-Line has reported significant forward bookings for 2015-16 and scheduled extra day cruises to cater for the increasing demand from passengers travelling between Melbourne and Tasmania. Furthermore, the life of two ships has been extended through the revitalisation works, allowing TT-Line to gain an additional 10 years’ more service out of the vessels.


Customer Testimonial
  • TT-Line’s turnkey contractor, Trimline, completed the refurbishment works on the Spirit of Tasmania vessels on time and on budget with the support and help of Tasmanian-based contractors and companies commissioned by Trimline… It was a complicated task given some of the works were required while maintaining our overnight sailing schedule between mainland Australia and Tasmania. But the works were well planned and well executed.”
    TT-Line Chairman, Mike Grainger

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