Port of Burnie | TasRail Shiploader Project



Current Phase


Project history

With the current TasRail shiploader at the Port of Burnie nearing the end of its economic life, the Australian Government, Tasmanian Government and TasRail have worked together to progress its replacement. The project has been funded by the Australian Government, with $64 million put towards design and construction of a new bulk minerals shiploader

The new shiploader will feature higher levels of reliability, contemporary environmental and safety standards and approximately double the average load rate per hour. It will link directly with TasRails’ train services, providing the mining industry with a fully integrated, end-to-end export supply chain.

You can find more information on the TasRail shiploader project on the TasRail website.

The new shiploader and expanded export facility will dramatically increase productivity and reliability, contemporary environmental and safety standards at the Port of Burnie.

Notice of works

TasPorts would like to advise site establishment works will commence at the Port of Burnie in early March 2023. COVA Hayward, on behalf of TasRail, will commence works to prepare the TasRail site (laydown area 2) ready for the arrival of shiploader components.

This current laydown area (area 2) will be the assembly and cladding area for the TasRail shiploader project until mid-May 2023.

To minimise the impact to other port users, a seven metre roadway will be maintained to enable traffic to flow and pedestrian ways to be maintained at the Port. Commercial agreements with TasPorts customers are in place to minimise any potential short-term casual storage loss.

TasPorts will monitor the worksite throughout the life of the project, with no impact to the Burnie community is anticipated.

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