Concerns Burnie won't cope with Bass Strait services

Concerns over Toll and ANL moving Bass Strait shipping services from Bell Bay to smaller Burnie Port

Major concerns have arisen over the decision for the new Toll and ANL Bass Strait shipping service to be run out the smaller Tasmanian Burnie Port facility, instead of the larger Bell Bay.

Tasmanian Ports Corporation (Tasports) Chief Executive Robert Barnes says the move is not in the best interests of the State's future, due to the fact space and volume at Burnie is limited.

"Tasports will discuss the logistics of how this new arrangement might work but Tasports is concerned abut the impact it may have on the long term sustainability of port operations in this state," Barnes says.

"Bell Bay is the only Tasmanian port with sufficient industrial land for expansion and which does not face encroachment by urban development."

Barnes says plans are currently underway to improve the Bell Bay facility, which will see container numbers rise by 800,000 each year.

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