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November 2009            


Singapore Navy calls to Townsville
The Singapore navy vessel RSS Endurance recently called to Townsville and we were pleased to of worked together with the local husbanding agent in supporting the port call. We supplied victuals and cabin stores to the vessels officers and crew during her two calls to Townsville.



November 2009            

Work Boat in Demand at Hay Point Anchorage
Our supply boat Malkarra has been working overtime at the Hay Point anchorage recently delivering provisons, lubricants, deck and engine stores to our clients vessels at anchor along with undertaking crew changes and delivery of spares on behalf of the owners local agents.
Currently vessels at the anchorage are waiting up to three weeks before loading coal at the Hay Point or Dalrymple Bay coal terminals.



November 2009            

Australian Antarctic Division awards contract to Purdon & Featherstone
We are pleased to announce that our sister contract food supply company Purdon & Featherstone has been awarded a 3 year contract to supply foodstuffs, household and cleaning supplies to Australia's Antarctic Stations of Mawson, Davis, Casey and Macquarie Island and associated field programs. The new contract follows our previous contracts with the AAD that have been held for the past 7 years.



November 2009            

JODIES Resolution calls to Townsville
The JODIES Resolution the research vessel for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) which is an international research organization that conducts seagoing expeditions to study the history of the Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor, has recently called to Townsville and we are pleased to of been supporting the vessel with supply of provisions and cabin stores,



May 2008            

USS Tarawa Calls to Hobart
The first US warship for over 4 years called to Hobart on May 10th for a rest and receration visit . The amphibious ship USS Tarawa with just over 3000 crew spend 4 days in Hobart taking in the sights and resupplying before heading home to San Deigo. We are pleased to be able to assist the vessels husbanding agents with the supply of provisions and technical stores for the port call.



May 07            

Queensland Warehouses Expand
We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new staff to their North Queensland offices at Townsville and Mackay to help with the large increase in business over the past few months. The North Queensland warehouses servicing the ports of Haypoint, Dalrymple Bay, Mackay, Abbot Point, Townsville and Cairns have the most modern provision handling equipment of any Australian shipchandler allowing for delivery of stores to vessels in prime condition.



November 2006            


Tasmanian Shipping Supplies opens new Queensland warehouses
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new North Queensland office in Townsville, the new office is managed by well known industry identity Tony Saldana, The new bonded central office will look after the ports of Cairns, Lucinda, Townsville, Abbot Point, Mackay, Dalyrymple Bay and Hay Point with local warehouses in Cairns and Mackay. Deliveries will be made in the latest refrigerated and crane trucks and vans ensuring produce arrives to the vessel in prime condition. We welcome owners and managers requests for all provisions, bond and technical requirements.



October 2006            

Antarctic Season Hots Up
The 2006 Antarctic season got underway this week with the first voyage of the RSV Aurora Australis to the Australian statio, Macquarie Island, Casey, Mawson and Davis. Voyage one is the main resupply voyage for Mawson and Davis Stations, with Mawson being supplied by fly off for the first time. The French program starts with their call zero voyage in the third week of October.



October 2006            

New refrigerated vehicles for Melbourne office
Due to continued growth in our Melbourne office we are pleased to of added a new refregerated van to our fleet.
We are the only ship suppliers in Melbourne to use refrigerated transport for all provision deliveries at ports we service.
The new vehicle with increased payload will ensure that our customers continue to receive their stores in prime condition.



October 2006            

2006 Cruise Season Begins
The 2006-07 cruise ship season started this weekend with the arrival of The World. The World is a unique ship with all the apartments onboard being privately owned. We are pleased to of been of assistance with the supply of provisions and technical stores to the vessel whislt in Hobart for her 4 day port stay.



September 2006            

Cruise ship resupply in the Fiji Islands
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies sister company Australian Shipping Supplies was pleased to of supplied the MS National Geographic Endeavour in Lautoka, Fiji Islands, with a containerised shipment of of dry, frozen and bonded stores from Australia. The MS National Geographic Endeavour a joint venture between the vessel owners Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society carrys 100 passengers and 70 crew on expeditions from the Antarctic to the Arctic and has spent the past 4 months in the South Pacific exploring some of the most remote Pacific Islands. The vessel is a fully equiped expedition ship with Zodiacs, ROV's, glass bottom boats and a full dive shop and carrys guest lecturers from the worlds leading conservation and geographic institutes.



July 2006            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies achieves ISSA Quality Certificate
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to have been one of the worlds first shipchandlers to achieve the International Ship Suppliers Association quality certificate. The quality standard achieved demonstrated international acceptance of our daily work practices within the ship supply industry.

The ISSA Quality Certificate is in addition to our externally audited ISO 9001:2000 and HACCP Food safety certification that was achieved earlier this year.



July 2006            

The meetings of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP), is being be held in Hobart, between July 9 th and July 14 th 2006. The biennial SCAR/COMNAP meetings, are the major international meetings of the Antarctic scientific research and logistic support communities. We are pleased to be supporting the Tasmanian Polar Network's exhibition at this event , and meeting with our Antarctic clients from around the globe in our home state.



June 2006            

Melbourne office stores Mexican Navy Training Ship
Our Melbourne office was proud to of supplied the Mexican Navy Sailing Ship Cuauhtémoc during her call to Melbourne. This visit was part of the vessel’s world Circumnavigation 2006.

The 2006 cruise includes visits to fifteen ports in eleven countries. over a period of 292 days, in which 74 midshipmen will complete their navigation course to become officers of the Mexican Navy.

The Sailing Ship Cuauhtemocwas built in Spain in 1982.. It has trained twenty-four generations of officers from the Mexican Naval Academy.



May 2006            

Posidonia 2006
Australian Shipping Supplies are pleased to announce that they are exhibiting at the Posidonia 2006 Maritime Exhibition in Athens Greece in early June 2006. Edward Fader will be attending our stand 344 and is available prior to the show on ph +61 418 133783 or email



February 2006            

TSS Supports Mawsons Hut Foundation
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to of offered support to the recent expedition to Mawsons Hut by the Mawsons Hut Foundation.

Mawson's Huts are a collection of buildings located at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in the far eastern sector of the Australian Antarctic Territory. The buildings were built and occupied by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, led by geologist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.

Mawson's Huts are of national and international heritage significance. They are rare in a world context as one of just six complexes surviving from the 'Heroic Era' of Antarctic exploration: a period of great human adventure, exploration, research and discovery on the last continent to be explored.

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies provided provisions and drinks for the latest group of expeditioners who attended to site to continue with the restoration started some years ago.

photo Ted Bugg extra text AAD



November 2005            

Record Cruise Season for Melbourne & Hobart
The 2005-06 cruise vessel season is gearing up to be the best in years with over 30 port calls planned for Melbourne and Hobart including a number of vessels not seen on our shores before. Australian Shipping Supplies and sister company Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to be able to continue supporting the vessels this year with supplies of bonded stores, provisions, and technical stores. With warehouses in Hobart, Melbourne and Burnie we are in a prime position to look after all requirements in South Eastern Australian ports.



November 2005            

Antarctic Season Underway
The 2005-06 Antarctic resupply season is well underway with voyage 2 of the Australian season sailing from Hobart this weekend on the RSV Aurora Australis, and call one of the French season onboard RSV L'Astrolabe. This year will see the Australian's contiune to prepare the Antarctic Runway at Casey station ready for the arrival of the first intercontinental flight from Hobart late 2006. The French expedition continues with finishing work at their joint French/Italian Dome C Station. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies and sister company Purdon & Featherstone are proud to be continuing their supply agreements with both the Australian and French programs this season.



April 2005            


AAD Renews Purdon & Featherstrone Standing Offer
Purdon & Featherstone a division of Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to announce that they have had their contract to supply the Australian Antarctic stations with food stuffs and cleaning products renewed. The tender was awarded to Purdon and Featherstone after an RFQ was opened by the AAD for station supplies for the next three seasons.



December 2004            

Sapphire Princess calls to Melbourne & Hobart
Princess Cruises megaliner MV Sapphire Princess has begun its Australian / New Zealand season with calls to Melbourne and Hobart this week. Australian Shipping Supplies a division of Tasmanian SHipping Supplies has been pleased to look after technical and port provision requirements for the vessels first calls. The Sapphire Princess will be sailing with 2700 passengers on a series of 14 day cruises between Sydney & Auckland via Hobart and Melbourne.



December 2004            

2004 Cruise Season Starts
The 2004 South East Australian cruise ship season has started with the visit of the 700 passenger MV Pacific Princess to Hobart today. The Pacific Princess is cruising in Tasmanian waters, visiting Devonport, Coles Bay, Hobart and Port Aurthur before returning to Sydney later in the week. Australian Shipping Supplies, a division of Tasmanian Shipping Supplies, are pleased to be supplying any port requirements for their Tasmanian port calls.



October 2004            

Bass Strait Offshore Exploration & Production
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies Melbourne warehouse has working in support of the many current Oil and Gas exploration projects in Bass Strait, supplying provisions, cabin and technical stores to the rig tenders and drill rig Ocean Bounty, plus vessels working on the Yolla A project.
photo John Gauci



October 2004            

Antarctic Season 2004 Starts
Today the RSV Aurora Australis sailed from Hobart on the first science cruise and resupply voyage of the 2004-05 Australian Antarctic season.
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies and sister company Purdon & Featherstone supplied all provisions and cabin stores for the voyage along with a small top-up order of fresh fruit and vegetable for Casey station. The French Antarctic program starts in mid October with voyage zero to Durmont Durville using the resupply ship L'Astrolabe.
Photo AAD



June 2004            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies Supports Basslink
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies Victorian branch has been busy supporting the Pirelli owned cable layer CS Giulio Verne during the laying of the first section of the Basslink power cable linking Tasmania and Victoria. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies, working with the vessel overseas based ship managers, officers and crew have been supplying provisions and technical stores to the vessel during its Melbourne port calls. The CS Giulio Verne will return to Bass Strait later in the year to lay the second section of cable before completing the project in mid 2005.



March 2004            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies Expands Victorian Branch
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to announce the appointment of two new employees to our Victorian branch, Fernando Casado has joined us as a ships representative and Greg Terlato as our technical stores purchasing officer. Both Fernando and Greg have had many years experience in the Australian Ship Supply market and will be excellent additions to our team.



February 2004            

Princess Cruises Megaliner MV Star Princess
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies together with Australian Cruise Ship Supplies are pleased to of supplied the Princess Cruises megaliner MV Star Princess on its inagural Australian Season. The 2800 passenger vessel made 6 calls to Hobart and Melbourne where Tasmanian Shipping Supplies offices stored the vessel with a variety of provisions, bond and technical stores. The MV Star Princess will be replaced on the Australian run later this year with a bigger sister ship MV Sapphire Princess.



January 2004            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies Supports Bass Strait Gas Project
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to of supplied support to the recent Yolla gas pipe laying project in Bass Strait. Working with the vessels owners and agents Tasmanian Shipping Supplies supplied provisions, cabin and deck and engine stores for the 300 person barge Semac 1 along with 2 pipe supply vessels and 4 anchor handling tugs. The project working from Burnie on Tasmania's North West coast was completed in good time, further stages are due for completion during 2004



December 2003            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies adds truck to fleet
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies have added a new Isuzu FVM 1400 21 tonne truck to their delivery fleet, the new truck complete with -21 deg C freezer box and 2 tonne tail gate lifter will allow for on time deliveries to all ports.



December 2003            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies opens Victorian Office
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies has opened an new office in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to cater for their existing and new clients. The office opening today has been brought forward from the planned opening of January 2004 due to PFD Food Services decision today to exit its Legend Nautilus Australia ship supply division and the availability of some of Australia's most experienced ship supply representatives.

The Victorian office, based in Ascot Vale, will be managed by long time ship supply industy representative Barry Hunter, assisted by Tony Aldrich, Marcus Moloney and Yolanda Bactrol as sales representatives.

The move to open a new office will allow Tasmanian Shipping Supplies to offer a superior service and range of provisions, bond, cabin and technical stores to general trading, cruise and offshore clients with vessels operating on Bass Strait, and calling to Victorian ports.



November 2003            


TSS Joins Shipserv
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to announce they have joined one of the worlds leading electronic ships supply management solution providers Shipserv. Shipserv allows clients to send RFQ's and PO's electronically to Tas Shipping with replies being transmitted electronically back to the client, giving large efficiency gains to the ship supply process. For information on sending electronic RFQ's and PO's direct to Tasmanian Shipping Supplies see



October 2003            

French Antarctic Season Begins
The French resupply vessel L'Astrolabe sailed from Hobart for Durmont Durville today marking the beginning of the 2003-2004 French Antarctic resupply season. The L'Astrolable is carrying the first of the seasons expeditioners to the French Stations of Durmont Durville and joint French Italian station Dome C along with fresh provisons and stores. Pictured right is the Dome C station that is nearing completion and will provide winter accomodation for expeditioners from 2005. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies is proud to supply the French Antarctic program and continue into 2004 a relationship that has lasted over 12 seasons
Photo: IPEV



September 2003            

HSV2 Swift Departs Hobart
The US Navy's new high speed vessel HSV2 Swift has sailed from Hobart for operational duties. The 98m catamaran is the third ship constructed by Hobart's Incat shipyard for US military service and will be operated by the mine warfare unit. The HSV2 Swift handed over the the US Navy on the 12th August is a purpose built ship incorporating knowledge learned from the two earlier high speed Incat vessels in US military service. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to of be able to work with the shipyard, husbanding agent, vessels officers and crew supplying vessel requirements for its current mission.
Photo: Incat Australia Pty Ltd / Richard Bennett Photography



September 2003            

RSV Aurora Australis starts Australian Antarctic Season
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies have just complete the storing of the RSV Aurora Australis for voyage one of the Australian Antarctic Season. The RSV Aurora Australis,operated by P&O Polar, is to complete a 65 day voyage in support of the Australian Antarctic Divisions marine science program and deliver summer expeditioners to Casey station, she is due back in Hobart by end end of October, before heading South to Davis on the seasons first resupply voyage.
Photo: Wayne Papps AAD



August 2003            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies adds to vehicle fleet
To serve our clients better Tasmanian Shipping Supplies have added another general purpose vehicle to our fleet, giving us the most modern fleet of refrigerated trucks of any shipchandler in Tasmania allowing for delivery of provisions and stores in prime condition to any Tasmanian port.



June 2003            

Antarctic Tasmania Midwinter Festival
Purdon & Featherstone are pleased to be supporting the Antarctic Tasmania Midwinter Festival. The festival now in its second year is a celebration of Tasmania's involvement in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean and is a week long showcase of achievements made by individuals and companies in the Antarctic. The festival headed by past Casey station leader Paul Cullen includes, film nights, exhibitions, bbq's, open days on the RSV Aurora Australis and a formal midwinter dinner at the Hobart Grand Chancellor on the 21st June.
Photo : Antarctic Tasmania Opening Night



June 2003            

Offshore Cable Ship Supplied by Tasmanian Shipping Supplies
One of the world's most advanced cable laying ships the CV Ile de Batz, is currently operating in Bass Strait, laying a fibre optic communications cable for Telstra from Tasmania to Victoria. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to of supplied the initial storing for the vessel in Burnie following its arrival from Europe. The Ile de Batz will be working in Australian waters for about 6 weeks.
Photo: LDA France



April 2003            

Tasmanian Cruise Season Finishes
The MV Crystal Symphony sailed from Inspection Head last week marking the finish of the Tasmanian Cruise Ship Season for 2003. The season included over 25 port calls from vessels including the Legend of the Seas, QE II, Prinsendam, Oriana, Regal Princess, Clipper Odyssey, Seven Seas Mariner, and Europa. The vessels called at Hobart, Inspection Head, Burnie, Port Arthur and Devonport. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies together with Australian Cruise Ship Supplies supplied provisions and technical stores to all vessels to call to Tasmania this season and sent a considerable amount of fine Tasmanian produce to other Australian ports in support of the vessels requirements.



April 2003            


Defence Force Contract Extended
Purdon & Featherstone, a 100% owned division of Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to announce that they have been successful in securing an extension in their defence force contract for the supply of rations to defence ranges and barracks within Tasmania until 2005. Purdon & Featherstone is one of Tasmania's oldest companies and has been involved in shipbuilding, ship supply and provision supply for over150 years.



April 2003            

Antarctic Resupply Season Finishes
The arrival of the RSV Aurora Australis back in Hobart today marks the end of the Australian Antarctic Divisions resupply season. The Aurora Australis returned from the last voyage of the season and the resupply of Macquarie Island Station, finishing what has been a successful season for the AAD, with all resupplys completed on time. This season also was the last for the vessel MV Polar Bird which has been involved with the Australian Antarctic program for over 12 years, she will be replaced with a yet unnamed larger vessel.



February 2003            

Queen Elizabeth II Call to Hobart
The worlds most famous cruise liner, the QE II today made a port call to Hobart. The QE II, not previously scheduled to stop at Hobart this year, spent overnight in port allowing it's passengers and crew the opportunity to see the sights of Hobart and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies in association with Australian Cruise Ship Supplies were pleased to be able to look after part of the vessels provisions and technical requirements during her first Australian port call for 2003



January 2003            

MV Legend of the Seas starts Australian Season
The 70,000 tonne luxury liner MV Legend of the Seas today started its Australian cruise season with a port call to Hobart. The vessel with approximately 1800 passengers will make 4 port calls to Hobart this season, and Tasmanian Shipping Supplies working with Australian Cruise Ship Supplies will again be supplying a range of fine Tasmanian produce to the vessels master chefs, deck and engine stores for the engineers and deck officers, and Tasmanian wines and beers for the bars.



January 2003            

US Navy Resupply Vessel USS Camden Visits Hobart
The US Navy resupply ship USS Camden has sailed from Hobart after a 7 day port call to give sailors leave and take stores.

The vessel with approximately 700 crew is responsible for the replenishment of the USS Abraham Lincoln battle group, with provision, fuels and associated equipment. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies through the vessels husbanding agent, provision contractor and water taxi contractor was pleased to be able to supply provisions, deck equipment and water taxi's during the vessels Hobart call.
Photo: USS Camden Website



December 2002            

USAV Spearhead TSV-1X departs Hobart
The US Army's new Incat 98m theatre support vessel USAV Spearhead TSV-1X sailed from Hobart today and will begin duty with the US forces in the near future.
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies working with the vessels officers supplied a major part of the vessels deck & engine, cabin and provisions after the ships was received from Hobart's Incat shipyard.

The TSV 1X joins another Incat 96m vessel Joint Venture HSV X1 that is currently in service with a joint US army/navy crew. A third Incat 98m vessel will join the US Navy fleet in early 2003.
Photo: A McConaghy



December 2002            

MV Polar Bird Sails for Casey Station
Today the MV Polar Bird sailed from Hobart to Australia's Casey Station with provisions for the years re-supply. Purdon & Featherstone a division of Tasmanian Shipping Supplies again supplied the stations requirements of food stuffs and drinks, a total consignment of over 7 E boxes and 2 reefers. Tasmanian Shipping Supplies also supplied all provisions and deck & engine requirements for the MV Polar Bird. The Polar Bird will return to Hobart in mid January before departing for Mawson station.



December 2002            

L'Astrolabe sails for Durmont Durville
French Antarctic resupply ship L'Astrolabe today, 5th December, sailed from Hobart for Durmon Durville, the second resupply voyage of the 2002-2003 Antarctic season.
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies completed packing and delivery of frozen, chiller and dry stores for both Durmont Durville and the L'Astrolabe's voyage South of approximately 30 days. The officers and crew of the L'Astrolabe will celebrate Christmas at sea return to Hobart at the end of December for a 2 day port call before again heading South.
Photo A.Fornet IPEV



November 2002            

Davis & Zongshan Antarctic Station Resupply Packing Completed
Purdon & Featherstone, our sister company has today completed the packing of provisions for Australia's Davis Antarctic Station and China's Zongshan Station. The stores are due to depart on the resupply vessel RSV Aurora Australis this weekend and will arrive in the Antarctic in approximately 14 days time. The resupply includes over 11 E containers of dry goods, 1x 20' freezer and 2 x 20' chillers and will sustain the stations expeditioners for approximately 12 months. Purdon & Featherstone and Tasmanian Shipping Supplies supply the Antarctic stations of Australia, France, Italy Dome C and China from their facilities in Hobart



November 2002            

New Tasmanian Shipping Supplies Website
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies are pleased to announce the launch of their new website. The new website created by Tasmanian Multimedia company, Tweezy, gives a complete overview of Tas Shipping operations and capabilities, with the option of clients being able to download provision and bond lists.



November 2002            

Tasmanian Shipping Supplies adds to vehicle fleet
Tasmanian Shipping Supplies have added a further refrigerated truck to their fleet of vehicles. The 21 tonne 12 pallet freezer truck with 2 tonne tailgate lifter will allow on time deliveries of stores in prime condition to all Tasmanian ports.