The QuayLink Project at the Port of Devonport represents the largest investment in port infrastructure in Tasmania in more than a quarter of a century.
The $240 million infrastructure at the Port of Devonport is designed to future-proof the city as a freight and tourism gateway for the next 50 years.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said QuayLink unlocks a billion-dollar investment through shipping companies seeking to invest in larger, more efficient vessels to meet growth and demand.
“Three new vessels, commissioned to arrive in 2024, will increase Devonport’s freight capacity by 40 per cent, with an additional 160,000 passengers visiting via Devonport every year,” he said.
“This boost to tourism and trade is estimated to increase Gross State Product by $130 million.”
Through this project, TasPorts will deliver a real-time three-dimensional vessel port-monitoring system, renewable energy shore power for customers and an improved port layout.
In August last year, a Tasmanian joint venture established by Hazell Bros and Brady Marine & Civil was awarded a major works contract that forms part of Project QuayLink.
Works are well underway with 88 Tasmanian business contracted directly and generating a local spend of $61 million, above and beyond the required two-thirds of the contract’s value to be spent with Tasmanian businesses.
With the reclaim area now fully complete, TT Line will start work imminently on the new three-tiered ramp to embark and disembark the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels.
“Currently the building of the new berth pocket and wharf infrastructure are progressing well with local businesses providing the aggregate for the rock bags, concrete for the on-site pour and pre-cast for the different elements of the wharf,” Ferguson said.
TasPorts has staged the works to stimulate local supply and spend.
All but the final of 51 piles are in place and four of the 61-tonne headstocks were in place by the end of October.
TasPorts has also released its first sustainability report for QuayLink, a year-on-year assessment of sustainability measures and environmental monitoring.
The engagement work undertaken by QuayLink assisted in the EcoPorts accreditation for the Port of Devonport.