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Department of State Growth

Tasmanian firm to build new shiploader at Burnie


The new shiploader is not just a ‘like-for-like’ replacement. It will be designed to provide higher levels of reliability, meet contemporary environmental and safety standards, while delivering an increase in load rates per hour to approximately double that of the existing shiploader. It is estimated that there will be 140 full time jobs linked to the design and construction of the new shiploader, making it a major manufacturing project for northern Tasmania involving many local contractors.

With the contract planned to be awarded in August, the key design component will start immediately, followed by major fabrication commencing in early 2022, with the final installation and commissioning planned in the first half of 2023.

A $145 million upgrade of the Port of Burnie is also progressing, with a $5 million commitment to allow TasPorts to progress detailed engineering designs and ensure a business case can be presented to Infrastructure Australia.