TASMANIA’S ports now have a plan to invest more than $200m in port infrastructure over the coming 15 years with TasPorts’ Port Master Plans, released this week.
TasPorts chair Stephen Bradford said the plans and associated major projects would help the company meet customer demand, attract new business and provide the best value for customers.
“The plans guide port infrastructure investment over the next 15 years and are expected to help inject hundreds of millions of dollars into Tasmania’s economy over the longer term,” he said.
TasPorts CEO Paul Weedon said the plans were a major long-term investment to ensure that Tasmania’s maritime trade system had the capacity to grow for the benefit of the entire state.
“With more than 99% of the state’s freight coming and going by sea, ports are one of our most important infrastructure assets and it is vital we plan for the future to meet growing demand,” he said.
The plans outline three major projects which represent more than $120m of port infrastructure investment:
- the expansion of container berths at Burnie in response to Toll’s commitment to deploy larger Bass Strait vessels;
- the reconfiguration and expansion of Devonport east to provide a new home for the larger Spirit of Tasmania ferries and a new berth for SeaRoad; and
- the development of a new Antarctic logistics facility in Hobart to support the Australian Antarctic Division’s new icebreaker, Nuyina, which is set to replace the Aurora Australis.
In addition to these projects, the plan outlines ongoing maintenance, remediation and expansion works across Tasmania’s port network, bringing the total planned investment to more than $200m over 15 years.
Mr Weedon said TasPorts would continue to support its operations at King and Flinders Islands, Port Latta, Inspection Head, Strahan, Stanley and Sullivans Cove in Hobart.
Development is expected to commence at the major ports later this year.
Below is a more detailed outline of works under the Port Master Plans, from information provided by TasPorts.
- A $10m investment will improve berthing capacity at Bell Bay No.6 berth, optimising port facilities for industry.
- Investment will enable forestry and mining exports from multiple berths, upgrade of fuel pipelines and increased capacity for fuel storage.
- A new transport and wash-down system will assist forestry exports.
- Approximately $80m will be invested at Burnie, including the proposed international container terminal.
- A project to dredge the berth to provide for Toll’s larger Bass Strait vessels is linked to initiatives to increased terminal capacity, install new ramp and link span infrastructure and extend the berth to accommodate the new vessels which are expected to arrive in 2019.
- Improved logistics and supply chain infrastructure for minerals exports.
- Improved cruise facilities will enable more ship visits and tourism growth.
- A $50m-$60m development will extend berthing facilities for passengers, cargo and freight.
- Infrastructure will accommodate the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels arriving in 2021, allowing an additional 160,000 passengers annually to enter Devonport.
- Extension of berthing facilities for leading Australian transport and logistics providers.
- Benefits for commercial fishing with opportunity to add marina and public event facilities.
- TasPorts will invest $50m-$60m to develop a new Antarctic logistics precinct will support the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy and attract further international programs.
- A permanent base for RSV Nuyina, Australia’s latest ice breaker research vessel, which will arrive mid-2020.
- A reorganised cruise precinct at Macquarie Wharf will provide additional berths for cruise vessels, allowing services to grow with demand.
- Enhancements to Sullivans Cove as a visitor-friendly waterfront tourist destination.