DP World in Tasmanian deal
DP World and Tasports have announced plans for a new container terminal for Burnie in northern Tasmania, dependent on the federal government easing coastal shipping restrictions which have prevented international vessels calling in Tasmania.
DP World has entered into an exclusive agreement with Tasports, under which the two parties will work to provide an international terminal in a staged development with a target start date of January 2017.
DP World Australia’s investment would include refurbishing the existing ship-to-shore crane, providing an additional crane, developing the container yard for general and refrigerated containers, integrating the yard with the existing rail terminal and providing container-handling equipment.
The terminal has been lauded as being essential if international container shipping lines are to be attracted to make direct calls in Tasmania, as opposed to relying on feeder services.
Tasports’ 30 Year Port Plan identifies Burnie as the state’s future largest natural gateway for container freight. It would also be welcomed by shippers who see direct international services as a means to reduce freight costs.
Tasports chief executive Paul Weedon said the development would not only increase capacity at the port but provide new options for the Tasmanian import and export industry.
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