The Port Phillip community is being invited to wave off the Spirit of Tasmania as she sets sail from Station Pier, Port Melbourne, for the last time on Saturday 22 October.
The farewell follows the TT-Line Company moving its Victorian port operations for Spirit of Tasmania from Station Pier to Corio Quay, north of Geelong.
Port Phillip Council Mayor Marcus Pearl said the departure was the end of an era for Port Melbourne.
“It will be a poignant moment for many residents who have been used to seeing the distinctive red and white ferry docked at Station Pier, or sailing off to make the Bass Strait crossing, for 37 years,” Cr Pearl said.
“The farewell event being organised by TT-Line is an opportunity to remember this floating local ‘landmark’ and the memories it holds for thousands of residents.”
Some Port Melbourne traders have said they will also miss the Spirit of Tasmania as its crew and visitors patronised their businesses.
Cr Pearl said significant investment from the Victorian Government will still be required to maintain the heritage-listed pier.
Maintained by Ports Victoria, Station Pier will continue to welcome cruise ships with a busy 2022-23 season expected.
“As the gateway to Melbourne, Station Pier must be maintained to a high standard,” Cr Pearl said.
“Our community cares how this high-profile site presents and functions. The departure of the ferry provides an opportunity to take a fresh look at how this site, including its freight yards, can be further embraced and enhanced.”
Saturday, 22 October 2022
Spirit of Tasmania Farewell – 6.30 pm to 8 pm (ferry sails at 7.30 pm).
Port Melbourne Band Rotunda
“This milestone sailing marks a significant moment in the history of Spirit of Tasmania and we invite you to wave goodbye to the ship from the Port Melbourne foreshore as she departs.
Working with the City of Port Phillip, local residents will be provided with flags to farewell the ship and a local band will play at the rotunda on Beach Street.”