Future-proofing the Port of Grassy Wharf

Wharf wrapping works complete on King Island.


17 April 2024

The TasPorts team on King Island is future-proofing its assets by installing new jacketing on the 86 structural support piles that support the main berth and Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) ramp in the Port of Grassy.

The installation of the pile wraps involves the removal of existing marine growth, priming the pile, and fastening the jacket.

Once the jacket is in place, the team then wrap Denso Tape around the upper edge of the jacket to ensure longevity.

Pile wrapping is labour-intensive and is undertaken in a difficult working environment under the wharf.

The jacketing will provide long term corrosion protection of the steel substrates.

TasPorts is working with Duratec Limited to undertake the work around shipping movements to ensure shipping movements are not impacted.

Grassy Harbour

The Port of Grassy, located on the south-eastern corner of King Island, is the main maritime facility on King Island.

The main wharf was originally constructed in 1972 to service the community of King Island during the Scheelite mining boom. Purpose built for the modern shipping needs of the island, the Port of Grassy is equipped with a roll-on-roll-off (RORO) facility and stern loading ramp.

Today, the majority of cargo is handled at Grassy Harbour. The main imports include bulk and containerised fertiliser, general cargo, bulk fuels, timber and agricultural products, while the main exports include dairy and meat products, kelp and livestock.