Working with Us

TasPorts is committed to conducting business activities in a way that protects the health and safety of workers and others affected by our operations.

TasPorts engages competent and skilled contractors and relies on them to safely undertake specialist work. In the engagement with contractors QuayLink will:

  • engage contractors who have the necessary skills, expertise, licenses and experience;
  • induct contractors into site safety rules and organisational safety arrangements at QuayLink sites;
  • control safety risks from the operations TasPorts have control over;
  • consult with contractors;
  • supervise contractors with respect to compliance with any site safety rules or procedures, relevant to things over which QuayLink have control of; and
  • ensure coordination over contractor activities where multiple contractors are working at sites.

The information on this website is to support contractual and Work Health and Safety obligations, for additional information please contact

Working in the Port

Working in the Port

TasPorts is responsible for efficient management and safe operation of Devonport shipping for all port users. The QuayLink contractor’s will be undertaking activities within the working port and need to make themselves familiar to the information and procedures that exist protection of their operations and other port users.

Site rules

The TasPorts Life Saving Rules have been developed after a review of critical incidents that have occurred in our industry. If you determine that a task cannot be carried out safely, do not start or continue to perform the task.

If you observe someone else failing to follow a Rule, please intervene if it is safe to do so.

Working on or under wharf front

Accessing under a wharf or on a wharf front is a hazardous activity. All under and on wharf front activities require communication with TasPorts Vessel Traffic Service (VTS). There is to be no lone worker under or on the wharf front and communications with VTS via a marine VHF radio channel 14 or 16 is always to be maintained.

A specific activity rescue plan is to be developed for under and on wharf front activities. Contractors will be provided with the Under and on Wharf Front Threat Barrier Diagram as a risk management guide.


Port of Devonport website provide general information about the port, shipping schedule, and Harbour Master Instructions that are active.

Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) issues Devonport Notices to Mariners to alert port users to dangers to navigation and warnings.

Contractor’s will have their own Permit to Work system and these are to be used as the contractor or TasPorts require. However, TasPorts has some specific activities which require TasPort approval before the works can commence these include:

Construction crane or plant on any wharf structure

Prior to undertaking any cranage or use of mobile plant on a TasPorts wharf structure an engineering assessment is required. The assessment is to ensure that the crane operation can be safely conducted without exceeding permissible loadings and to advise any restrictions that may apply.

Contractor / crane operator applies for the Mobile Crane Permit directly to TasPorts engineering via 72 hours before work is planned to commence.

The crane permit is an engineering assessment and approval only, the safe operation and use of the crane is to be verified by Contractor and crane operator.

TasPorts services isolation

24 hours prior to works requiring the isolation of a service (e.g. electricity, water, sewage etc.) the contractor is to complete a Services Isolation, Identification and Control permit (Isolation Permit). This Permit is sent to the QuayLink Project Manager for review and approval.

Bunkering vessels

The transfer of non-cargo liquid, including bunkers, is managed by the TasPorts Non-Cargo Liquid Transfer Procedure. Contractor is to make an application for liquid transfer using a Non-Cargo Liquid Transfer Application/Permit for approval by the Port of Devonport via email

If transferring <100K litres 24 hours notice is required and if >100K litres 48 hours.

Construction diving

All diving operations are to be carried out in accordance with WHS Legislation. High-risk diving work is to be in accordance with AS/NZS 2299.1:2015 (Occupational Diving Operations– Standard Operational Practice).

Prior to the start of any diving operation Contractor is to complete the TasPorts Dive Permit and submit a Harbour Masters Instruction (HMI) to the QuayLink Project Manager 72 hours before the works are planned. Diving work cannot occur until TasPorts approval is granted.

Harbour activities

Works that have the potential to impede or confuse the safe navigation of vessels or if Contractor’s work may be affected by the passage or berthing of vessels a Harbour Master’s Instruction (HMI) is to be issued before the works can be undertaken.

Contractor is to provide the Project Manager a HMI Notification for lodgment with the Harbour Master’s office 72 hours before the works are planned.

The provision of TasPorts Permits does not constitute approval of any contractors Works or methods of work.

The QuayLink Program is not within the Devonport maritime security zone there is no need for workers to possess a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). 

If a worker is required to access Devonport MSIC controlled areas the person must complete an MSIC induction and application. All MSIC queries are to be directed to TasPorts security

All workers are to complete a QuayLink induction prior to starting work.

Contractor undertaking activities on TT-Line or SeaRoad site are required to undertake separate inductions.

TasPorts is committed to the highest standards of preparedness to ensure its response to emergencies, incidents and crisis is timely, appropriate and effective. TasPorts, SeaRoad and TT-Line have their own emergency response frameworks which can be activated to aid contractors if an emergency or incident occurs.

Contractor’s are to maintain Emergency Response Plans (ERP), in accordance with WHS legislation and contractual obligations with reference to the QuayLink Emergency Coordination Plan.

QuayLink emergency contacts:

  • WHS Senior Advisor Neil Stanseby (0477 689 279)
  • Program Manager Patrick Burke (0407 851 788).

Safety Alerts

QuayLink issue safety alerts for hazards, events and positive observations.