Our Jour­ney

Oper­at­ing since 1998, pro­vid­ing trans­port and freight solu­tions between Tas­ma­nia and the Mainland.

Bass Strait Trans­port start­ed in Novem­ber 1998, with one Depot in Port Mel­bourne. The busi­ness start­ed orig­i­nal­ly by ship­ping plants in con­tain­ers into Tas­ma­nia twice a week. Over time the gen­er­al freight busi­ness expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant growth under the orig­i­nal owners.

In June of 2019, De Bruyn’s Trans­port acquired Bass Strait Trans­port. The acqui­si­tion led to a move from Lorimer Street in Port Mel­bourne to a upgrad­ed ware­house in Toll Dri­ve, Altona – a ded­i­cat­ed trans­port ter­mi­nal with 8,000 square metres under roof for the han­dling of freight and load­ing trail­ers and con­tain­ers des­tined for Tasmania.

The His­to­ry of the Bass Strait

The Bass Strait is a sea strait sep­a­rat­ing Tas­ma­nia from the Aus­tralian main­land, specif­i­cal­ly the state of Vic­to­ria Formed 8,000 years ago by ris­ing sea levels.

The Bass Strait was named in 1798 by the Eng­lish nav­i­ga­tor Matthew Flinders while cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing Tas­ma­nia, also known as Van Diemen’s Land. George Bass, a famous sailor and sur­geon, was impor­tant in the ear­ly coastal sur­vey of Aus­tralia. The Bass Strait is approx­i­mate­ly 250 km wide and 500 km long, with an aver­age depth of 60 m (200 ft). It is Australia’s busiest stretch of water, accom­mo­dat­ing Trans Bass and also East-West ship­ping lines. The Bass Strait is known for its rough seas.