Tasmania Gets a Lead Voice on Global Ferry Issues Tue 23 October 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Infrastructure The Minister for Infrastructure, David O'Byrne, today congratulated the Chairman of the TT-Line on his appointment to lead the world's major ferry industry body. Mike Grainger has been made Chairman of Interferry, which represents 225 members from 38 countries. "This is a case of outstanding Tasmanian expertise being recognized and valued at the highest level," Mr O'Byrne said. "Mike Grainger has shown excellent leadership at TT-Line, during a difficult time for domestic tourism across Australia. "The Tasmanian Government is working to diversify our economy and play to Tasmania's natural strengths, to create jobs and opportunities. "That very much includes our maritime industries, which have a proud tradition of innovation and ambition. "It's fantastic to know there'll be an experienced and respected Tasmanian voice at the very top of the global ferry industry," he said. Mr Grainger was appointed as TT-Line Chairman in February, after many years on the board. He's also a Director on the Tasmanian Development Board, and Chairman of the Brand Tasmania Council. Interferry works to protect passenger and crew safety in the ferry industry, as well as promoting environmental standards and free and open competition. Mr Grainger has been on the Interferry board for six years.