TasPorts has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against CSL Australia Pty Ltd (CSL), the owners of the cement carrier Goliath that allided with two TasPorts’ tugs that consequently sank in the Mersey River in Devonport.
The incident has also caused damage to the wharf and continues to cause significant disruption to Port users.
A complicated clean-up operation, including wreck removal, is now at an advanced stage.
Proceedings were commenced in the Federal Court at this early stage to guard against the possibility of proceedings being commenced in a less suitable jurisdiction.
TasPorts CEO Anthony Donald said TasPorts would attempt to reach an acceptable settlement with CSL in the short to medium-term.
“It is not TasPorts’ intention to progress the proceedings unless and until it becomes necessary to do so, but we believe that the commencement of proceedings is a prudent step to take to protect our rights,” he said.
“At this time, completion of the clean-up operation remains TasPorts’ focus.
“And we are continuing to do everything we possibly can to minimise disruption to Port users and other stakeholders.”