Exciting new concept designs for the Port of Devonport have been revealed with the development timed for the arrival of a new fleet of larger Bass Strait ships set to enter service over the next few years.
The Port of Devonport is one of the fastest growing ports in Tasmania and is a major gateway for tourism and trade which is why the Tasmanian Liberal Government is backing the $240 million Devonport East Redevelopment – now renamed QuayLink.
Today I was pleased to join TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Anthony Donald to announce the next stage of works proposed under TasPorts’ Port Master Plan, which will deliver two state-of-the-art roll-on-roll-off (RORO) berths and terminals to support the arrival of new and larger Bass Strait vessels for TT-Line and SeaRoad, as well as a multi-user berth to support future opportunities at the Port of Devonport.
The project will also see upgrades to improve navigation as well as facilitating electric vehicle charging stations, LNG ship refuelling and renewable energy shore power. Further improvements to the local amenity of the port precinct will be achieved through enhanced traffic management, landscaping and street scaping.
The new wharf and port facilities will result in 2,000 jobs between 2021 and 2027.
These port infrastructure upgrades will support the arrival of commissioned new vessels for Bass Strait operators, which will see an anticipated increase in freight capacity by 40 per cent.
The project will deliver a deepened berthing pocket for the new vessels, upgrades to navigation, electric vehicle charging stations and LNG ship refuelling as well as shore power.
The project will also deliver a three-dimensional vessel port monitoring system, providing an additional layer of safety for all vessels operating in the Mersey River.
To further support community connection with the new port precinct, TasPorts is investigating the development of a new commercial precinct as part of the project. This will offer unique business opportunities for East Devonport, providing further benefits to local communities.
For a link to the QuayLink Artistic Impressions of the proposed concept designs, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n6ila5lddl2d3er/AADJllTmqe6kiazv8_EweMX5a?dl=0