TasPorts released its Port Master Plan in August 2018 to guide a coordinated, statewide vision for the future of Tasmania’s multi-port system. Following industry engagement over the last two years, TasPorts has evolved its planning in some aspects of the Port Master Plan detailed below.
Updated planning can be viewed via the Growth Initiatives.
Our plan will guide $200 million in port infrastructure improvements over the next 15 years.
TasPorts will maintain its multi-port system, focusing investment on providing greater capacity and capability at the four major ports, increasing Tasmania’s ability to attract new business.
As more than 99% of the state’s freight comes in and out of Tasmania by sea, ports are one of Tasmania’s most important economic assets.
TasPorts will continue to support its community asset sites at Inspection Head, Strahan, Stanley and Sullivan’s Cove (Hobart).
TasPorts’ Chief Executive Officer (Acting), Anthony Donald, highlights the benefits of the Port Master Plan.
New developments will benefit the mining, forestry and fuel industries.
Increased capacity for forestry, minerals and cargo, including a proposed new international container terminal.
There will be increased capacity for an additional 160,000 passengers annually to enter Devonport and enhanced freight facilities.
TasPorts will expand Hobart’s cruise precinct to berth larger vessels, establish a new Antarctic precinct, and improve the waterfront as a tourist destination.
TasPorts’ multi-port strategy will help meet increasing demand for port services from tourism and industry, supporting Tasmania’s economic growth.
All Tasmanians will benefit from increased sea trade and services, improving Tasmania’s links with national and international destinations.
Trade customers will be able to plan ahead, enabling freight volumes to surpass the 14.2 million tonnes moved through Tasmania’s ports in 2016/17.
TasPorts’ services will continue to play a major part in the state’s economic growth, for the benefit of all Tasmanians. For example, cruise tourism alone brought more than $73 million to Tasmania during 2016/17, and its value is increasing.