TasPorts CEO Anthony
Donald said the company was committed to Bass Island Line remaining part of the
TasPorts’ portfolio of businesses for the long-term.
“With the objective of BIL becoming a sustainable business, planned
strategies include securing a long-term commitment with a Victorian port,
working with customers to grow freight volumes, developing a plan which
confronts the realities around pricing and cost structures and the commercial
viability of developing a pathway to the next iteration of vessel,” he said.
“Bass Island Line
will continue to work with customers and King Island stakeholders on ways to
optimise the Bass Island Line service for the ultimate benefit of the King
"TasPorts and BIL understand the importance of providing a safe and reliable shipping service that is also a vital link for King Island farmers and the wider community.”
Mr Donald said
following an initial market sounding process that commenced in late 2018, in
April this year current and potential Bass Strait operators were invited to
submit indicative proposals to participate in the delivery of the BIL.
extensive evaluation process, a panel comprising representatives from TasPorts,
BIL and the Department of State Growth did not shortlist any of the market participants,”
“This decision was taken on the basis that the evaluation panel considered none of the market participants sufficiently demonstrated that their proposals were able to independently achieve an improved BIL Service outcome without substantial ongoing involvement and support from TasPorts.”