Final Update: Approximately 9:00am, 2 December 2020
TasPorts, as the port operator, has supported Toll over the last 24 hours to actively manage an incident where a container forklift fell over the end of the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) ramp on Berth 4 at the Port of Burnie yesterday morning.
The Toll vessel Victorian Reliance II completed its unloading and departed at approximately 6:45pm last night. Early this morning, the Toll container forklift was successfully recovered.
Following further assessments, the TasPorts Harbour Master cleared the berth for shipping operations to resume as usual. Tasmanian Achiever II is scheduled to berth later this morning.
Any further enquiries on this matter should be directed to Toll as the responsible entity.
Update: Approximately 4:30pm, 1 December 2020
Following assessments by TasPorts and Toll, it has been determined that the Toll vessel Victorian Reliance II can be moved into a safe position at Berth 4 to complete cargo operations. It is expected the vessel will depart for Victoria this evening.
TasPorts will then support Toll in their operation to retrieve the forklift.
Following this, a full assessment of TasPorts infrastructure will be undertaken. We anticipate shipping operations will resume tomorrow morning, pending the results of this assessment.
In line with TasPorts obligations, we remain prepared in case of a potential oil spill.
Initial Statement: Approximately 11:00am, 1 December 2020
TasPorts can confirm at 7:00am this morning, Tuesday 1 December 2020, a Toll container forklift fell over the end of the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) ramp on Berth 4 at the Port of Burnie.
The operator evacuated the forklift before it entered the water and is safe. The Toll vessel Victorian Reliance II has been secured alongside the berth, however is not in its final position to enable unloading of cargo.
TasPorts and Toll are currently undertaking further investigations to ascertain the full impact of the incident. Toll, as the responsible entity, has notified WorkSafe of the incident.
In line with its obligations under the MAST Deed, TasPorts has mobilised its oil spill response equipment, in case of a potential spill.
Further information will be released once assessments have been completed and next steps confirmed.