samedi 5 février 2005
The TT-Line has begun examining damage to the Bass Strait ferry Spirit of Tasmania I which was forced to turn back to Melbourne after being battered in high seas overnight.
The ferry arrived back in Melbourne. The ferry sustained structural damage en route to Devonport in seas up to 20 metres. The extent of the damage is being assessed. It is not clear when the ship will sail again.
The Sydney service has also been delayed after the ferry broke its mooring at Devonport in the early hours of this morning. Devonport harbour master Mick Wall says wind gusts were in excess of 50 knots.
"It’s a very unlikely event," he said The service scheduled to leave Devonport tonight has been cancelled. The chief executive of the TT-Line, Peter Simmons, hopes the backlog of passengers will be cleared by tomorrow night.