Tasmania is a very special part of Australia. 12 hours by sea south of Melbourne lie the gateways of Burnie and Devonport. Often when people think of Tasmania, memories of pinot noir; cheese; beef, lamb; tourism and long summer evenings overcome the senses.

Whilst Tasmania’s international exports were recently valued at $3.436 billion for the year ending February 2018, this doesn’t include exports to mainland Australia.

Tasmania’s population sits around 520,000 – about 2.5 times smaller than the City of Brisbane.

Winery panorama in Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Applied Logistics’ experience in Tasmania:

Applied Logistics’ strong relationships in Tasmania allows us to support our clients moving to or from Tasmania; conduct business in Tasmania and, interestingly, undertake research trips.

Several universities from the mainland; the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have called on Applied Logistics’ logistical support for their research voyages on the RV Investigator from Hobart. This includes managing the movement of scientific equipment and an offshore containerised laboratory.

We’ve also been responsible for the transportation of underbond transport of chilled sediment samples from Hobart to Brisbane for quarantine treatment. These samples were taken from the sea floor near Antarctica and will assist with climate research. We’ve then arranged to return these to Canberra for analysis and study. If you want to hear more about this project, read our article “How Applied Logistics supports Antarctic research voyages

Tasmanian rail bridge

We’ve arranged all types of freight into and out of all parts of Tasmania. Containers; vehicles; general freight; express freight; air freight; parcels; refrigerated freight and timber. We have accounts with Toll ANL Shipping and TasRail, and access to the new international shipping lines calling in Bell Bay and Hobart.

Services frequencies and transit times across the Bass Strait

Four RORO cargo ships operate between Melbourne and the Tasmania ports of Burnie and Devonport, alongside the two Spirit of Tasmania vessels. These operate alternate north and southbound sailings. Departure is Monday – Saturday evenings with the journey taking 12 hours. All types of cargo are accepted, although there are restrictions on some types as well as Quarantine clearance processes.

This means that express freight ex Melbourne can arrive next day into any location in Tasmania, or two days from Sydney and three days from Brisbane. Obviously these timeframes are tight – with freight needing to be collected before lunch. General and economy freight options typically take 3-4 days from Melbourne and a week from Sydney and Brisbane.

TasRail operate trains direct from the wharf in Burnie, with overnight departures to Hobart for containers running Monday to Saturday.

How can we help you?

Regardless of what type of logistical challenge you face, we are passionate about helping you succeed. Big or small; one off jobs or ongoing work, we have the right solution for you. If you have work on in Tasmania, get in touch – we can talk you through all of the options and provide professional advice on logistical risk management.

We are here to help, so don’t leave it to chance!