Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (TasPorts) notes the court proceeding commenced against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The proceeding concerns issues that arose approximately two years ago relating to pilotage and towage operations at Tasmanian ports.

The issues raised by the ACCC are complex, based on unique situations; they involve a law that has not yet been tested.

TasPorts has a  range  of important  responsibilities regarding  the operation of  Tasmanian ports. TasPorts’ principal objectives are to facilitate trade for the benefit of Tasmania and to operate its activities in accordance with sound commercial practice.

TasPorts plays a critical role in ensuring marine safety and environmental management in Tasmanian waters.  TasPorts takes all its legal and regulatory responsibilities and obligations very seriously.

TasPorts has cooperated with the ACCC in its investigation. TasPorts strenuously denies that it has breached competition law as alleged by the ACCC. TasPorts will vigorously defend the ACCC’s allegations.

TasPorts remains focused on the efficient and safe operation of our ports in the interest of all Tasmanians.