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In what has been a challenging two
years involving volatile changes in
its markets, Tasports continues to
focus on cost ef ciency and the delivery
of its major infrastructure projects.
Despite dif cult operating conditions,
Tasports' Chief Executive Of cer,
Paul Weedon, says that the business
continues to undertake the groundwork
necessary in order to position itself to
retain a sustainable business model
to meet its customers' needs.
'Over the last year, we have continued
to deliver on, if not increase, our focus
on our customers and their requirements,
taking a more deliberate approach to
working closely with them and building
strong and meaningful relationships.
'A key challenge for us, however, is
cyclical changes in our markets and global
trends impacting on our business plans
and strategies. In particular, the forestry
segment continues to undergo major
change, with consequent signi cant
reductions in woodchip export volumes.'
'We do, however, have a strong
corporate plan with clear and measurable
objectives to manage our diverse
operations, and we have worked
hard in 2012 to continue to netune
our statewide ports development
plan to meet customers' long- and
short-term infrastructure needs.'
Tasports has recently restructured its
business activities following 2012's market
impacts in order to enhance business
development and customer activities,
and streamline operational teams. The
appointment of Chief Operating Of cer
Craig Heron in July 2012 saw the previous
Business Development and Operations
divisions merge in order to provide
better strategic alignment between
operations and customer requirements.
'Craig's portfolio encompasses
towage, security and cargo operations,
new business development, customer
management, and property development.'
Key achievements and projects
Throughout 2012, Tasports was able
to deliver on several key projects, and is
in a strong position to continue to deliver
on these priorities during the year ahead.
Tasports' board endorsed the 10 Year
Infrastructure Plan, which guides Tasports'
strategic infrastructure, maintenance
and business development programs.
'The future development of
Tasports' wharves, land-based plant
and equipment, tug and vessel eet,
together with customer plans, is
framed by this 10 Year Plan, which
represents a large body of work
undertaken over the last 18 months.'
Despite a challenging year nancially,
Tasports was also able to invest $16
million across Tasmanian ports. 'This is
a signi cant achievement in that it is
one of our largest infrastructure spends
to date, and up from $13 million in the
previous nancial year,' Mr Weedon said.
'We made signi cant headway
on a number of our major projects,
including completion of a $4.6 million
upgrade to the Devonport Airport, which
involved an extensive refurbishment
of the terminal building, security
screening upgrades and improvements
to passenger amenities and facilities.'
Redevelopment of Macquarie Wharf
No 2 in Hobart is also well underway
and set for completion by the end of
March 2013, with Tasports investing
$7 million to deliver a dedicated Cruise
and Antarctic facility for its customers
in these growing industries.
'We have worked very closely with
our customers in these segments in
order to understand their requirements
and future plans, and there is every
indication that we will continue
to see these industries grow.'
'On the back of a bumper cruise
season, our customers and stakeholders
in this area have welcomed the
facility, and are looking forward to the
project's completion early this year.'
Infrastructure upgrades at Burnie
Port will be a key project for 2013,
with Tasports working closely with Toll
and TasRail to improve the ef ciency of
road and rail logistics, and ease road
congestion in the Burnie port precinct.
'Concept designs for this project
are now complete, and construction
work is set to commence this year on
this vital project following a welcome
$4 million allocation from the federal
government to upgrade the port.'
Despite the increased operating
challenges Tasports has faced over
the last 12 months in particular, Mr
Weedon says that he is con dent the
business can remain strong in its ability
to deliver on critical infrastructure
and maintenance projects, as well
as investment in its assets.
'We will continue to develop and
foster our Corporate Plan, promote new
opportunities, and pursue economic
growth, allowing us to remain on track
and focused on our proactive role in
the development of state transport
infrastructure and the effectiveness of the
Tasmanian freight logistics chain.
Tasports responds to changing markets
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