The Tasmanian Liberal Government and TasPorts are working hard to ensure the security and safety of Tasmania’s fuel supply.

TasPorts has invested $8.35 million into the Selfs Point Fuel Transit Facility, within the Port of Hobart.

This investment has upgraded the existing fire system at the facility to a contemporary fit-for-purpose system and aligns it to operational requirements and TasPorts’ ongoing commitment to maintaining best practice environmental standards.

The project commenced with demolition of redundant infrastructure in January 2020, with final project completion taking place in February 2022, following the successful testing and commissioning of the new fire system.

It has seen the complete replacement and upgrade of the existing seawater fire protection system with a fluorine free firefighting foam system, thought to be the first of its type in Australia.

This project has seen the installation of three new fire towers at the end of the wharf (capable of spraying 7,500 litres of water a minute or 150 litres of water a second), the installation of a 3 million litre water tank, a 32,000-litre fluorine free foam tank and a new shore-based pump house and operations control room.

I’m particularly proud of Tasmanian firm Shaw Contracting as the principal contractor for the project, demonstrating our support of local procurement and Tasmanian businesses and jobs.

In the design of this innovative system, we acknowledges the specialist services of IPD Consulting in partnership with Chubb Australia, and Clarifire. Their input has enabled TasPorts to design a system that is at the forefront of fire systems using a fluorine free foam, within Australia.

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