Incident Update - 01 July 2022

The St Vincent barge is scheduled to depart Brisbane tomorrow, Saturday 02 July 2022, at 5am. This weather-dependent voyage will take between seven to ten days.


01 July 2022 Summary:

On Friday 28 January 2022, cement carrier Goliath collided with two berthed TasPorts’ tugs at the Port of Devonport (York Cove and Campbell Cove). The impact of the collision caused significant damage to the tugs, ultimately causing both to sink.

TasPorts quickly deployed oil spill response equipment and activated its crisis response teams. TasPorts has actively monitored the incident site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since the collision, with a focus on ensuring the integrity of the oil spill containment area and the salvage of hydrocarbons from the wrecks. These activities continue to be supported by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

TasPorts is continuing to assess the status of the incident site, to determine any changes to restrictions as early as practicable.


  • The St Vincent barge is scheduled to depart Brisbane tomorrow, Saturday 2 July at 5am.
  • The weather-dependent voyage will take between seven to 10 days to complete.
  • Given ongoing delays in Brisbane for a test lift prior to departure, salvage company United Salvage and TasPorts determined that the best course of action was to get the St Vincent underway and conduct a test lift using the Intan barge (which is already in Devonport).
  • The salvage operation will commence as soon as possible after the barge’s arrival and completion of a successful test lift.
  • Salvage crew personnel will mobilise to Devonport in time for the St Vincent arrival.
  • Importantly, and as noted in previous updates, the wreck of the York Cove remains rigged and ready for lifting once the St Vincent arrives.
  • Commercial shipping continues to be prioritised at the Port of Devonport. Arrangements for shipping at the port remain unchanged – agents can submit booking requests through the normal channel.
  • TasPorts’ commercial team is directly engaging with customers to facilitate ship visits to the port.
  • For all enquiries related to this incident, please contact