Spirit of Tasmania arriving in Melbourne at Golden Hour

Project stakeholders for the $240 million Devonport East QuayLink project have signed a Formal Construction Charter promising a safe working environment for construction workers, with provisions to mitigate against environmental damage.

TasPorts, Spirit of Tasmania and the Hazell Brady Joint Venture together signed a formal Construction Charter for the $240 million Devonport East QuayLink project.

TasPorts CEO, Anthony Donald, said the charter also provided a commitment from the parties to protect the local marine and coastal environment during construction.

“The safety of people engaged on any TasPorts project is of critical importance to the organisation,” Mr Donald said.

“The QuayLink Construction Charter goes further, clearly articulating a plan to listen to our workers who understand the risks better than anyone.

“Cooperation and collaboration will also be key – we will allow bold conversations and look after each other.”

Mr Donald said the protection of the environment would be a collective responsibility.

“We are committed to being a good neighbour to East Devonport businesses and residents while we build this critical piece of port infrastructure,” he said.

“This means we will work with consideration for those who live and work in the area around the construction site to minimise any inconvenience.”

QuayLink will ultimately be the new home for the new larger Spirit of Tasmania vessels that have been commissioned for operation on Bass Strait. Upgrades to the adjacent East No 2 Berth to cater for larger Searoad vessels are also planned.

These vessels will increase the freight capacity of the Port of Devonport by about 40 per cent, along with additional passenger capacity.

The project will future-proof Devonport as Tasmania’s tourism and trade gateway for the next 50 years and represents the largest single investment in TasPorts’ history.

The project is expected to be completed in 2027.

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