Transport. A new shipping service between King Island and the Port of Stanley will commence early this year.
The service is to be managed by shipping stalwart Les Dick of Eastern Line, who says it will offer the most convenient option for King Island beef and dairy producers to ship cattle to Tasmanian processors.
Utilising the large capacity roll-on roll-off vessel King Islander (formerly Go Lesath), the new service will handle up to 12 trailers of cattle, approximately 430 head, and make the trip in nine hours.
This compares favourably to other King Island services which can take up to 16 hours plus waiting time and transport, Mr Dick says.
Industry best practice suggests that cattle should have both minimal time and handling and should be kept in their natural groupings and social hierarchy in order to achieve the best meat quality.
Export processor, Greenham Tasmania, has indicated it intends to utilise the new service for all shipments from the island to the plant in Smithton.
“I’m positive my new service will meet the needs of farmers and other stakeholders on the island,” says Mr Dick.
“The King Islander can transport cattle with minimal fuss and keep them relaxed for the journey.”
Additionally, the service will be available to carry bulk fuel and general goods including fertiliser to the island and cargo northbound to Victoria as required.