De Bruyn's completes Bass Strait Transport acquisition

Iconic Tasmanian outfit accomplishes southern-state expansion

De Bruyn's completes Bass Strait Transport acquisition
A BST-branded trailer


Details have emerged of Tasmanian transport company De Bruyn’s expansion in Victoria following its acquisition of Bass Strait Transport (BST).

General manager John De Bruyn tells ATN the decision was reached due to both companies’ strong relationship for the past two decades, with De Bruyn's completing deliveries for BST in Tasmania.

The acquisition has also led to a move from Lorimer Street in Port Melbourne to an 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 BST delivery task is pretty well integrated into the DBT business and we have a lot of mutual clients, so when the owner of BST decided to sell the business it was a natural progression for us that will give us efficiencies and further opportunities to grow our business," De Bruyn says.

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As part of the move, all staff and equipment will come under De Bruyn's ownership but still operate as BST, which comprises about 70 trailers plus prime movers.

"We will continue to operate the business as Bass Strait Transport – it is a good name and clearly states what the business does," De Bruyn says. 

It adds to the company’s fleet of 130 trucks and more than 200 trailers in Tasmania, which it has grown since its establishment in 1965.

"We continually invest in new equipment, retiring our older gear to ensure we maintain a safe and efficient fleet; [most recently] eight new FE Volvos ridged PUD trucks (pictured below) replacing some of our older PUD trucks."   


De Bruyn's predominantly served Tasmania’s West Coast mining industry before focusing its diversification efforts on general freight, freight forwarding, storage and distribution, waste management and bulk cartage and cold storage.

Its Tasmanian presence has grown over the years to include facilities in Burnie (its head office) Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.


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