Speaking at the official opening of the offices, Mr Bradford said
TasPorts’ new offices were located adjacent to the proposed University
of Tasmania science and innovation hub.
“It is an exciting time for this part of the city, and an exciting time for our organisation,” he said.
“In August last year the company unveiled its Port Master Plan, which
will guide more than $200 million of improvements into Tasmania’s port
infrastructure over the next 15 years.
“This will include major works at Bell Bay, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart.”
“Launceston was chosen as the best location for the head office, as it is the corridor between our four major ports.”
Mr Bradford said the new head office would eventually house TasPorts’ most critical 24/7 operation centres – the Vessel Traffic Service Operations Centre (VTS) and the TasPorts Security Operations Centre (TSOC).
“The co-location of all these services alongside TasPorts’ corporate services in a single multipurpose facility will allow for greater efficiencies,” he said.
“It will also see a range of information technology improvements made to support the new VTS and TSOC operation centres, ensuring TasPorts continues to provide efficient and effective operations across our ports.”
It is anticipated that the relocation of the VTS and TSOC operations will be completed toward the end of the 2018/19 financial year.
The building that houses TasPorts (the Horizontal Retort building of the former Launceston Gasworks) was built in circa 1860 and is one of the oldest on the former industrial site.
The new head office was designed by Tasmania’s award winning architecture and interior design practice, Cumulus Studio – transforming this historical building.
Pictured below: TasPorts CEO Anthony Donald, Minister for Infrastructure Jeremy Rockliff and Chairman Stephen Bradford at TasPorts' Willis Street office in Launceston.