King Island Shipping

Searoad MerseyKing Island is currently serviced by the Patrick Shipping vessel MV Searoad Mersey. This vessel operates from Webb Dock at the Port of Melbourne in a triangular service that calls into Devonport and then onto the Port of Grassy on a scheduled weekly service. The Searoad Mersey has a capacity of 4,000 tonnes and LOA is 118. 8 metres. King Island Ports Corporation is the primary supplier of bulk fuel products to the Island and has supply contracts with Hydro Tasmania for diesel fuel requirements used for power generation on both King Island and Flinders Island.


Freighting your Car to King Island

Cars, tractors etc loaded directly onto ship. 

DELIVER TO: Searoad Shipping (formerly Patrick Shipping) Wharf: East Devonport- on the other side of the river to the Devonport shops. The bridge side of the Spirit of Tasmania Terminal. Contact David Reed on 03 64204401 - Cars depart Devonport on Saturday and arrive at King Island on Sundays, available on KI around 11am Sundays.  

Cars depart King Island on Sundays and arrive in Devonport on Tuesdays. Cars are to be at Grassy by 9.30am on Sunday. Ring Devonport terminal re receivable and pick up times. Grassy Wharf is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am to 3.25pm and Sunday 8.00am to 2.55pm. Payment must be paid before the sailing date. Payment can be by cash, credit card or bank cheque (made out to SeaRoad shipping). Personal cheques will not be accepted. Please note: credit card facilities are only available at the Currie office and Devonport wharf. Payment can be made on King Island either at Grassy or the Currie office. To qualify for tourist rate a valid airline ticket must be presented when booking. The return trip on tourist rate must be completed in 3 months from the first trip. If a different car is returning on the return tourist rate trip a surcharge will be charged. Commercial cars do not qualify for tourist rate. Government rebate does not apply to cars travelling to or from Tasmania.

Dockside Rd, lane 3 Webb Dock East, Port Melbourne PH: 03 9681 9466 Grassy Wharf, King Island. Grassy wharf is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8.30am to 3.25pm and Sunday 8.00am to 2.55pm.

Booked cars must be at the Grassy Wharf in time for loading no later than 9.30am on the day of departure (Sunday). The ship will leave King Island on Sunday and arrive at Melbourne on Monday. Payment for shipping must be made before the car can be shipped. Payments can be by cash, card or bank cheque made out to SeaRoad shipping. Personal or business cheques cannot be accepted. Payment can be made either at Grassy or the Currie office but only cash will be accepted at the Grassy office. Your unloaded car should be available around 11am at the Grassy wharf. A wharfage charge is payable to the King Island Ports Corporation every time your car goes on the wharf. Please pay this charge and get a wharfage ticket before going to the shipping office.

Port Melbourne Wharf
Port Melbourne Wharf is open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 8.00am to 1.30pm closed on Sunday. On public holidays they will close at 12.00pm. Cars depart Melbourne on Friday and arrive at Grassy on Sunday. Booked cars must be at the Melbourne Wharf in time for loading no later than 12.00pm on the Friday day of departure.

Tourist Rate
SeaRoad Shipping offers a free return leg for people travelling with their car from Melbourne to King Island and King Island to Melbourne. To qualify for tourist rate valid airline ticket details must be presented when booking. The free return leg on tourist rate must be completed within 3 months from the first trip. Business/commercial cars do not qualify for tourist rate.

Bass Strait Equalisation Scheme
The Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme is available if you are flying on a commercial airline between Melbourne and King Island or King Island to Melbourne. You must be travelling around the same time that your car is travelling and be able to quote airline ticket details. A rebate is available for each way and can be claimed each time your car travels from either Melbourne to King Island second rebate can be claimed when your car returns to the wharf it originally left from. Claim forms are available at all wharfs. Cars must be registered at the time of travel. Contact Jim McKenzie Agencies- 2 Shaw street, Currie, King Island, Tasmania 7256 Phone 03 6462 1415 fax 03 6462 1620 

Quarantine Items
Tasmania has strict quarantine regulations to keep diseases and pests out.  You are NOT allowed to bring to King Island any fresh fruit, vegetables, plants or plant parts, cut flowers, anything carrying soil, or fish and fish products from anywhere other than mainland Tasmania. If you break these rules, you will be fined.

Please telephone Quarantine Tasmania on 03 6233 3352 for further information.