Update: TasPorts actively managing collision incident

Following a collision between a commercial vessel and TasPorts tugs at the Port of Devonport, an active response has been ongoing for more than 24 hours.


29 January 2022

TasPorts teams have been working around the clock to actively manage the incident at the Port of Devonport following a collision between Goliath and TasPorts’ tugs Campbell Cove and York Cove.

TasPorts Chief Operating Officer Stephen Casey said the response to the incident is continuing due to the severity of the incident, both from an oil spill response perspective and damage to infrastructure (marine and landside).

“TasPorts teams have been continually working on the response since the incident occurred yesterday. The priority remains the containment of oil spill from the submerged tugs,” he said.

“Looking forward, TasPorts has commenced planning for salvage operations for the two tugs. Salvage specialists have mobilised on site and divers are undertaking thorough assessments of the vessels to support planning of next steps.”

“The collision has caused damage to the Devonport West wharf infrastructure,” Mr Casey said.

TasPorts is continuing to work with relevant authorities regarding the response, including the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) as the leading agency in the response and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

TasPorts is committed to ensuring the continuity of shipping and freight movements at the Port of Devonport and is working with customers to minimise disruption to shipping schedules whilst the incident is under active management.

Media enquiries should be directed to TasPorts Corporate Affairs team via media@tasports.com.au