The redevelopment of Macquarie Wharf will position the Port of Hobart as the international gateway to the Southern Ocean, actively supporting world-class Antarctic exploration and scientific research whilst also enabling growth in key trade areas such as bulk export (forestry), containers and tourism (cruise ships).
The Port of Hobart is a major Tasmanian deep-water port, located in the State’s capital. The Port supports a variety of industries including bulk log export, container export, bulk fuel import, commercial fishing, Antarctic exploration and cruise ships.
The Port also plays host to two internationally significant events, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (annual) and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (biennial), along with a range of annual community events including The Taste of Tasmania.
Key industry activities at the Port include:
Antarctic exploration: The Port of Hobart is Australia’s gateway to the Antarctic and is the designated home port for the Australian Antarctic Division research vessels. In addition, the Port plays a critical role internationally as a refuelling and restocking point for international expedition ships from countries including China, France and Japan.
Bulk log export: The Port currently supports bulk log cargo export through the TasPorts and Qube Holdings subsidiary, Southern Export Terminals. Annual throughput is approximately 245,000 JASm3.
Cruise: The Port is a popular cruise ship destination (nationally and internationally), with the sector representing a significant commercial revenue stream. COVID-19 has significantly impacted the sector and TasPorts continues to actively support the industry as it seeks to rebuild as government directions permit.