The Tasmanian Liberal Government is ensuring local companies are able to capture up to $100 million of the historic $855 million spend on the new TT-Line ferries.

The ferry replacement project has taken another step forward with the signing of an agreement between the Tasmanian Government, TT-Line and the Tasmanian Maritime Network (TMN).

The agreement, included in our 100 day plan, will open the door for local companies with the capabilities and capacity to supply construction services, componentry, fit-outs, maintenance and training to the two new vessel builds.

Through a coordinated effort, and linking into the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Capability Network, we will provide direct pathways for local companies to engage with the shipbuilder, Rauma Marine Construction and the senior people making the purchasing decisions for the project.

The new support offered under the agreement will complement and build on TT-Line’s current expression of interest process for local companies wanting to get involved in the project, meaning greater access to the project and ongoing advice and support.

The Agreement will connect and align local businesses with the specific needs of the project. For example, businesses will be able to partner up to provide solutions that will help our Tasmanian companies gain a greater foothold in the project, through the power of collaboration.

We have always committed to lock in as much benefit to local industry as possible, and we are wasting no time in delivering on that commitment.

We are unapologetic about taking the action required to secure Tasmanian jobs as part of our clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future.

Businesses wanting to getting involved with the TT-Line replacement ferries project can go to Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5 June 2021.

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