Turnkey provider Almaco will build and fit modular cabins on TT-Line’s two new Spirit of Tasmania ferries while they are being constructed at Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) in Finland.
The newbuilds will resemble the current Spirit of Tasmania ferries, which are over 20 years old, but will be powered by LNG and carry up to 1,800 passengers per ship. The 48,000gt ships will each have 301 passenger cabins and 81 crew cabins, and will operate between mainland Australia and Tasmania.
Almaco will build the modular cabins in its mobile cabin factory, which can be set up anywhere in the world. It will be set up in a warehouse between Rauma and Turku in Finland for this project. The cabins will then be transported to the shipyard and lifted onboard the ships, whereupon the shipyard team will connect them to the electricity, ventilation and piping systems.
“This will be our first project working with RMC, so it’s a true honour to be chosen for this project,” said Jussi Laimi, vice president of accommodation newbuild sales at Almaco. “We look forward to setting up our mobile cabin factory and getting started with the modular cabins together with RMC.”
Construction of the ships began in February 2022, with RMC having already laid the keel for Spirit of Tasmania IV, and Almaco started assembling the cabins for the first vessel in November 2022. The cabins will be delivered to RMC in summer 2023.
The first vessel will be completed in the first quarter of 2024 and the second vessel is due to debut in the last quarter of 2024.