Approximately 50% of Tasmania’s fuel supply is imported via the Selfs Point fuel transit facility, within the Port of Hobart. As a critical link in southern Tasmania’s fuel supply chain, TasPorts is investing more than $8 million to replace the existing fire system at the Selfs Point wharf terminal.
Through the installation of a contemporary fit-for-purpose fire system, TasPorts’ investment will secure and support the future of southern Tasmania’s fuel supply by ensuring the facility can respond appropriately in the event of a incident.
This investment will elevate the system to current best practice equipment and operational requirements, providing an operational design life of more than 25 years.
The project scope covers the replacement and upgrade of the existing seawater fire protection system, works include:
- removal of existing system and redundant shore-based structures;
- installation of three new fire towers;
- installation of a three million litre water tank;
- installation of a 32,000L fluorine free foam tank
- construction of a new shore-based pump house and operations control room building.
The project commenced with demolition of old infrastructure in January 2021 and will conclude in early 2022.
PROJECT STATUS - FEBRUARY 2022
Practical Completion reached. Finalisation of equipment commissioning.
Works currently being undertaken include:
- Commissioning of final systems.
- Demobilisation of worksite.
During mid-February 2022, TasPorts and our partners will be undertaking the final commissioning of the new fire system, incorporating generation of live foam to allow final system certification.
In preparation, TasPorts has developed a comprehensive plan for testing, which has the consent of the EPA and the Derwent Estuary Program. To manage the resulting foam, TasPorts will have a number of support vessels working in and around the Selfs Point facility during this time.
Mariners are requested to avoid the area and not interfere with the support vessels involved in the activity.
For further information, see Notice to Mariners:
M073-22 Port of Hobart - Selfs Point - Fire System Upgrade Testing - Marine and Safety Tasmania (mast.tas.gov.au)