DEVONPORT is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the arrival of a new cargo ship.
SeaRoad Holdings’ new vessel SeaRoad Mersey II will arrive in the North-West Tasmanian port on Sunday after a five-week delivery voyage from Germany.
Powered by liquid natural gas, the ship was ordered in 2014 and construction began a year later at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany.
It was launched in June and left Germany in November.
The new ship will carry 400 containers, compared with 260 carried by the original Searoad Mersey.
The total investment of $110 million includes new cargo handling equipment and a upgraded mooring system in Devonport and Melbourne.
An official welcome event will be held in Devonport on Monday.
The ship’s first commercial voyage will be from Devonport to Melbourne on Wednesday night.
SeaRoad Holdings will assess the performance of the new ship before considering further investment in a second vessel to replace the SeaRoad Tamar.
The arrival coincides with an unprecedented amount of competition across Bass Strait, with Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company announcing new services calling at Bell Bay.