TasPorts is a strong supporter of yacht racing in Tasmania, demonstrated most recently by the announcement of its continuing sponsorship of the 285 nautical mile Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race.
In addition, TasPorts has a proud history of accommodating visiting vessels at the Port of Hobart for the Melbourne to Hobart and Sydney to Hobart yacht races – in fact, since they began.
Kate Dean, TasPorts Group Executive Governance and Corporate Affairs, said for the past 15 years, TasPorts had supported the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race and Race Village at Elizabeth Street Pier.
“We are very proud of the long history of coexistence between the working port, the Hobart city community waterfront and iconic events like these yacht races, and we see a strong and vibrant future for all,” she said.
“Yacht Race entrants’ berth alongside Elizabeth Street Pier and in Constitution Dock.”
Ms Dean said TasPorts played a critical role in supporting the various races held in or passing by Tasmanian ports each year.
“TasPorts’ Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Provider plays a vital and critical role in managing the safe and efficient movement of vessels approaching and operating within Tasmanian ports and pilotage areas,” she said.
“When the first racing yachts round Tasman Island for Hobart, VTS is alerted so we can monitor their position and ensure safe navigation in relation to other vessel traffic.
“VTS will monitor vessel traffic throughout the event, ensuring safe navigation of both yachts and merchant ships.”
Ms Dean said the company also worked closely with race organisers on all aspects of the race and landside activities to ensure the smooth delivery of the event for participants and the public while ensuring day-to-day port operations continue.
“Our Wharf Operations and Maintenance teams ready the site for action and they ensure the marina and wharf areas are in good working order and prepare the race village sites, including hanging the many colourful civic banners that decorate the waterfront,” she said.
Ms Dean said TasPorts was proud to support marine activities for the community’s enjoyment whilst ensuring the highest standards of maritime safety in Tasmanian waterways.