Sea

Sea transport is critical to Australia as an island nation, especially in the case of Tasmania, an island state. It links Tasmania’s products to mainland Australia and overseas markets, and allows the state access to goods produced elsewhere. In fact, 99% of Tasmania’s domestic and international exports and imports travel via sea. And the figure is even higher for Tasmania with 99% of interstate and international trade passing through its ports.

Tasmania is home to 5 main ports with Bell Bay, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart providing the main shipping hubs. These ports see 15 million tonnes of freight imported and exported each year. This figure includes the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry carries both freight and passengers to and from Devonport.

Tasmania exports around twice what it imports. Primary sea exports by weight are zinc, aluminium, wood, iron ore and other base metal ores. Its top sea exports by value are wood, petrochemical products, grains and dairy.

The importance of sea transport to Australia is being recognised through major port infrastructure upgrades across the country. This includes channel deepening in Adelaide and Melbourne, and the building of a new container terminal in Sydney.

General Info

Fact Sheets

  • Tasmanian Equalisation Scheme fact sheet The scheme assists in alleviating the sea freight cost disadvantage incurred by shippers of eligible non-bulk goods moved by sea between Tasmania and mainland Australia

Safety

  • Marine & Safety Tasmania MAST's primary roles are to ensure the safe operation of vessels in all Tasmanian waters and to manage its marine facilities

Organisations and Contacts

  • Tasmanian Freight and Logistics Council The TFLC is actively involved in projects to improve logistics service standards and quality management of logistics-chains
  • Tasmanian Transport Association The Tasmanian Transport Association is an organisation of transport operators, freight forwarders and shippers operating in Tasmania, with close links to organisations in other states
  • Marine & Safety Tasmania MAST's primary roles are to ensure the safe operation of vessels in all Tasmanian waters and to manage its marine facilities

Regulations

Visit the Regulations page

Statistics

Links as per to Statistics page