Tasman Venture/Enterprise

Jan Hendrik
13th December 2005, 12:54
Union Steamship (and Bulkships) had something to do with Technical Management of these two vessels which were Owned by Tasman Pulp and Paper and traded between Tasmania , the mainland (Australia) and New Zealand.
I remember I attended some drydockings in Melbourne mid 80's but unfortunately I have no photos left.
The ships had bluish green topsides and usually docked in Melbourne once per 2 to 3 years.
Vessels no longer exist
Anybody with particulars?

13th December 2005, 13:43
Ahoy Jan,

Found these 2 in stock, but low quality;no idea where they came from, or to whom they belonged.

Here a pic on Shipspotting:

13th December 2005, 14:35

Theres info on these vessels on following website www.maritimeindex.org.nz

Tasman Venture is renamed as Forest Venture

Dave Edge
13th December 2005, 19:55
"Tasman Enterprise"was sold to Panamanian owners in 1997 and renamed "Forest Enterprise" but suffered engine damage and was sold to Chinese breakers.

J Boyde
19th December 2005, 09:05
Tasman paper decided to sell one of the ships so they sold the one that looked the worst. Sorry for them, they sold the one with the best engines. It wasnt long before they had no ships of their own.Mind, they dont own a paper mill now either.
Jim Boyde

Jan Hendrik
19th December 2005, 09:49
Well Jim, isn't there always controversy between engineers and marketing boys?
Longterm stategy or shortterm funds, that's the question.

Thanks everybody for all your input. I remember the ships quite well, also attended them in drydock in Melbourne, supt John McDougall in charge.

4th January 2006, 21:43
hi JAN my name is sam live in HULL just for interst my brother in law lives in N.Z.and he was one of the officer deck on these two shipsolss the TASMANPULP AND PAPER HIS NAME IS captian peter tate he is still on the go out there and is on this site sometimes and looking for some for the old company to talk to sam

Jan Hendrik
15th January 2006, 04:10

I may have met him before, just do not remember.
Union Steamships have a yearly nostalgic re-union of all ex personnel (both office and sea going staff) and perhaps he participates there.
I think it is in Wellington.
Can find out more in case you want me too, I mean with exact date, place and contact person.

16th January 2006, 09:33
Hi Sam,
I have a few slides of the Tasman Venture discharging paper pulp in Hobart in the 1980's, I shall scan them and post them on this site shortly. I hope they are of some use to you.
Kind regards.....Bill Burton....Tassie.

16th January 2006, 21:23
hi TASSIE thanls for that i will look forward to seeing them sam

17th January 2006, 02:01
I have just posted six photos of the Tasman Venture under the 'Cargo Vessels' category. They were taken from my slide collection and don't scrub up too badly, some unfortunately were taken into the sun. I hope they are what you were looking for Jan.
Regards...Bill Burton....Tassie.

Jan Hendrik
17th January 2006, 02:17
Hi Bill, yes found them and thanks a lot, I responded to one in the Gallery.

17th January 2006, 04:32
i have some plans of these ships back home in but i wont be back there untill april so if you can wait i can send you a copy then if you like.cheers matt (EEK)

Jan Hendrik
17th January 2006, 07:26
Hi Matt,
Nice of you to offer, but not for me. Thanks anyhow.

17th January 2006, 09:47
no worrys thanks for letting me know

17th January 2006, 12:06
I can remember as a 17 year old standing next to the Tas vent and Ent with the side doors open and the platforms fold edup, wondering how the hell do they get the pulp off??

I thought to my self is there forks on board and then the cranes lift it up from a spot down below and then the shore forks pick it off the platform?

I thought to myself if that was the case why not get the cranes to just drop it on the wharf. Then oneday I was down there at Macquarie Wharf no 2 and I got to see the unloading operation in action, the pulp was put on to a lift by the onboard forks and brought up to the platform and then moved out onto the platform by conveyor and then the shore forks took it from there.

I must admit though, they were nice looking ships, I wonder what the forest venture looks like now (colour scheme, does she still have the cranes etc) I miss them, Hobart did get a reminder of them once, the norwegain vessel Ferncroft came to load newsprint, and she was almost identical looking to the Tasman Venture and Enterprise

19th October 2010, 06:29
The MV Forest Venture (ex Tasman Venture) made it to the beaches of Alang around June/July this year. http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?mmsi=212944000 :(

Both were frequent visitors to Devonport (Tassie) back in the day. I remember the Tasman Enterprise being laid-up in Devonport (Tassie) in the late 90ís for quite some time, not long before being sold off to the breakers.


Big Hull

31st October 2010, 04:30
Joined "Tasman Venture" in Japan in 77, Mike Ridout was the master,we had an engine room fire a few day's out,drifted for a day or two,engineer's managed to get some life back into her and we returned to Kagoshima for repairs.Great bunch of guy's.

James McRae
10th September 2012, 09:25
My father was a second engineer on the Tasman Enterprise, I remember as a kid going there all of the time when we lived in Tauranga!