TasPorts’ tug Wilga and landing barge MV Kulanda
have played a critical role in transporting almost 1000 tonnes of equipment to King Island, supporting Wave Swell Energy (WSE) and its unique project to create sustainable energy from the ocean.
The 200kW demonstration unit departed the Port of Bell Bay on Friday, January 8 and arrived at the Port of Grassy in the early hours of Sunday morning.
TasPorts’ Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs Kate Dean said TasPorts was proud to facilitate the 40-hour transit and to be support WSE to reach this project milestone.
“With a favourable weather window, the Wilga was able to average about 3.5 knots, and took primary responsibility for towing the unit from its berth at Bell Bay,” she said.
“The MV Kulanda carried Wave Swell Energy’s subsea cable flotation gear, a dive boat, mooring lines and other equipment.
“Upon arrival the vessels helped to successfully manoeuvre the unit onto its mooring system.”