TASPORTS and Spirit of Tasmania have signed a charter agreement for environmental responsibilities during construction of the Devonport East QuayLink project.

The parties entered the agreement alongside the Hazell Brady Joint Venture, the team awarded the contract for the project in August this year.

The agreement formalises the signatories’ commitments to protecting marine and coastal environments and to working safely and responsibly.

TasPorts CEO Anthony Donald said the protecting the environment during construction would be a collective responsibility.

“We are committed to being a good neighbour to East Devonport businesses and residents while we build this critical piece of port infrastructure,” he said.

“This means we will work with consideration for those who live and work in the area around the construction site to minimise any inconvenience.”

Mr Donald said the safety of people engaged with TasPorts projects is critically important to the organisation.

“The QuayLink Construction Charter goes further, clearly articulating a plan to listen to our workers who understand the risks better than anyone,” he said.

The $240 million QuayLink project involves building a new home for the larger Spirit of Tasmania vessels that have been commissioned for operation on Bass Strait.

Upgrades to the adjacent East No 2 Berth to cater for larger Searoad vessels are also planned.

TasPorts said the vessels would together increase the freight capacity of the Port of Devonport by about 40%.

TasPorts expects the project to be completed in 2027.