Hobart Port precinct capacity improvements

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Port and wharf infrastructure capacity at Hobart Port
Priority Initiative
Location
Hobart, Tas
Geography
Smaller cities and regional centres
Category
Efficient Markets
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
Tasmanian Government
Date added to the IPL
26 February 2021
Hobart Port precinct capacity improvements

Problem

The Port of Hobart is a major Tasmanian deep-water port that supports a variety of industries, including bulk log exports, container exports, bulk fuel imports, commercial fishing, Antarctic exploration and cruise ships. 

The current condition of Macquarie Wharfs 4, 5 and 6 limits opportunities to grow tourism, trade and Antarctic exploration sectors. The wharf assets are approaching end of life and require significant maintenance each year to sustain a minimal service level.

In its existing condition, the port cannot accommodate the Australian Antarctic Division’s new purpose-built icebreaker, RSV Nuyina. It also cannot accommodate the Oasis passenger cruise vessels, impacting on tourism.

The port is a critical link in delivering the Australian Antarctic program and developing the Antarctic and Science Precinct at Macquarie Point. This precinct is being developed to consolidate key scientific organisations and support collaboration to advance scientific research in Antarctica.

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit found that our major container ports are becoming more productive, but continue to lag behind our trading partners for key indicators. Our ports will need to continue improving to ensure Australia is globally competitive.

Proposed initiative

Potential options to address the initiative include wharf improvements, supporting infrastructure to increase exports, and a potential terminal and other visitor facilities for tourists.

This initiative aims to improve the capacity and condition of Hobart Port precinct and provide a suitable working port, terminal and berthing space.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).