A new $20 million state of the art cargo ship will start direct services between Devonport and New Zealand.
The 86-metre long Ecoline, has been commissioned by Wesley Vale-based acquaculture feed manufacturer BioMar.
The vessel will be capable of delivering 3000 tonnes of fish feed per voyage.
Biomar has already shipped 30,000 tonnes of premium fish food to New Zealand via Melbourne, with the new direct service to save time and money and also open up New Zealand trade opportunities for other Coastal businesses.
Premier, Trade Minister and Braddon MP Jeremy Rockliff says BioMar secured a direct trans-Tasman shipping service with support from the State Government in September after participating in a Government-led trade and investment mission to New Zealand in August last year.
Mr Rockliff says the new vessel will take Tasmania’s trade with New Zealand to the next level.
BioMar managing director David Whyte says since starting in Tasmania in 2020, the company has grown to now employ more than 70 people and has invested more than $100 million on the North-West Coast.