Tasmania’s QuayLink port infrastructure upgrades well underway

Artist impression: QuayLink – Terminal 3.

The $240 million QuayLink infrastructure project at the Port of Devonport is progressing towards its scheduled completion by 2027.

Premier of Tasmania Jeremy Rockliff visited the site works earlier this week.

“When works are completed, an additional 160,000 passengers will be able to enter Devonport every year, adding an expected $200 million to tourism expenditure across the State,” Premier Rockliff said. “This boost to tourism and trade will increase the Gross State Product by $130 million.

“This is great news for the State and great news for Devonport.”

With works including the delivery of a new berth pocket, wharf structure and reclamation area at the existing Berth 3E, the project is set to deliver a 40 per cent increase to freight capacity for Bass Strait operators once complete.

Approximately 45,000 cubic metres of material will be excavated from the new berth pocket and around 3,000 tonnes of concrete and 600 tonnes of reinforcing steel will be used in the construction of the new wharf infrastructure, which is said to be the largest built in Tasmania in 27 years.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said that QuayLink addresses existing capacity constraints and unlocks a billion-dollar investment in shipping companies seeking to invest in larger, more efficient vessels to meet growth and demand.

“TasPorts contractors, the Hazell Brady Joint Venture is more than halfway through the dredge and reclaim,” Minister Ferguson said. “They will then construct a state-of-the-art wharf for the next generation of Spirit vessels.”

Since January this year, more than 30 Tasmanian businesses have been directly engaged for works ranging from crane hire, electrical, diving, reinforcing, surveying, marine, civil contractors, welding, earth moving, plumbing and waste management.

The Tasmanian Government’s Buying Local is 9.5 per cent above the target, which is great news for Tasmanian contractors and small businesses.

TasPorts has staged the works, with nine work packages overall, to stimulate local supply and spend.

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