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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
10X Tasports is committed to improving its ports to maximise opportunities for customers and support value- adding business development and supply chain efficiencies. After 12-months at the helm of the Tasmanian Ports Authority, Chief Executive Paul Weedon, has steered the business towards a customer oriented strategy promoting port development aligned to customer needs. “It was critical for Tasports to recognise the value in working with its market segments to understand infrastructure requirements for the short, medium and long term to ensure our port planning was taking an approach consistent with our customers’ future directions,” he said. “It’s this style of business development we’re embedding across our ports and processes.” Customers inform port development opportunities Tasports is responsible for 11 ports across Tasmania including the Bass Strait islands and has four primary ports which form critical transport links with almost all import and export freight moved by sea. With Hobart celebrated as Tasmania’s home to Cruise and Antarctic it means core shipping business is primarily managed by the northern ports: Bell Bay Port, Port of Devonport and Port of Burnie. Burnie has sufficient capacity to cope with forecast growth in commodity segments and the focus is on improving the efficiency of port and rail-road interchange for container and bulk commodities. Our Burnie Plan centres on: • Expansion plans in response to customer demand and stakeholder consultation; and • A reconfiguration of the port-rail interface to provide more efficient service delivery of freight consistent with other transit points in Tasmania for consistency and compatibility. Devonport, while just an hour east of Burnie handles 24% of the State’s total freight including cement, fuel and containers, and is home to major passenger ferry – Spirit of Tasmania. In the past year at Devonport Tasports has: • Upgraded infrastructure to support wharf based operations to benefit customers; • Upgraded the TT-Line upper-deck loading ramp to handle increased highway truck loads; and • Conducted dredging of berths and channeling silt levels to support the ongoing ability to meet water depths required for current vessels’ berthing. In Bell Bay Port Tasports’ operations centre around lift on- lift off containers and cargo, with a long term emphasis on supporting short-sea container movement. Protecting people, assets and the environment At Tasports we strive to achieve a zero balance when it comes to risk to our people, customers, assets and the environment. Tasports Safety Management System has been externally certified and recognises our continued improvement of safety systems. Highlights • Winner WorkCover Safety Best Injury Management and Return to Work System Award • Introduction of a Ports Procedures Manual to provide information on port operating parameters applicable to all vessels calling at Tasmania’s ports, details of marine emergency response processes, appropriate communications advice, required standard of navigation aids and details of available port facilities • Winner Australian Port or Terminal of the Year Award at the Annual Lloyd’s List DCN Australian Shipping and Transport Awards • Continued above line operating profit in difficult economic conditions • Total freight volumes managed of 13.4 million tonnes Company profile TASPORTS’ CUSTOMERS THE HEART OF DECISIONS 313790E_TasPorts | 1699.indd 24 3/9/11 12:14 PM