The Port of Hobart will be the state’s international gateway to the Southern Ocean thanks to TasPorts’ planned multi-million-dollar redevelopment for Macquarie Wharfs.

The initiative will actively support world-class Antarctic exploration and scientific research whilst also enabling growth in well-established key trade areas over a 30-year horizon.

The recent inclusion of the redevelopment on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List 2021 signals its national significance, supporting TasPorts commitment to actively future-proof the state’s ports for the benefit of all Tasmanians.

TasPorts Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Casey, said the critical component of this initiative is the development of a 720m continuous quay line at Macquarie Wharf 4, 5 and 6.

“The Macquarie Wharfs were originally built between 1969 and 1975, and whilst routine maintenance and remediation has been undertaken, a significant capital upgrade is now required to enable future growth,” Mr Casey said.

In August 2018, TasPorts released its Port Master Plan to guide a coordinated, state-wide vision for the future of Tasmania’s multi-port system. The Port of Hobart was identified as a key component of the plan, including the creation of a new Antarctic logistics facility, in line with the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy.

“The Macquarie Wharf Redevelopment will see the construction of an Antarctic Precinct, which aims to attract further international programs to the Port of Hobart, by enabling growth in the Antarctic science and research sector,” Mr Casey said.

“It is anticipated the delivery of this initiative could generate up to $3.3 million in additional expenditure from Antarctic ships annually and continue to build Tasmania’s reputation as the gateway to east Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.”

The Macquarie Wharf Redevelopment will also facilitate solutions for a variety of industries including bulk log exports, container exports, bulk fuel imports, and commercial fishing, as well as the tourism sector.

“The delivery of this initiative will see three multi-user berths constructed at one of the deepest sheltered ports in the southern hemisphere. It is also expected to generate up to 1,000 job-years during the construction phase, directly benefiting Tasmanian and Australian contractor,” Mr Casey said.

“Our next step is to further engage with industry and to develop a compelling business case, creating value for both our customers and the State of Tasmania.”

Download TasPorts Project Brief on the Macquarie Wharf Redevelopment Initiative here.

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