Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

24 September 2020

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Liberal Government will continue shipping services to King Island

The Government is ensuring that shipping services to King Island will not be impacted as a result of the John Duigan going into dry dock for necessary repairs.

I am advised that the existing charter arrangements are totally satisfying the current freight task, and Bass Island Line is also investigating alternative, long-term charter arrangements ahead of the busy summer season.

Following concerns regarding the performance of the newly-built John Duigan, the vessel was quite rightly removed from service to enable further investigations to be undertaken to understand the reasons for the performance concerns.

Shane Broad is relentlessly trying to undermine confidence in TasPorts – in today’s Advocate newspaper he has been caught out spreading false claims about TasPorts that have zero basis in fact, in relation to the number of coxswains on roster. He falsely claimed that services are delayed.  This again has been totally rejected by TasPorts management.

TasPorts has clearly advised there are currently three permanent coxswains on roster and a further six casual coxswains available to cover operations at the Port of Burnie and the Port of Devonport.

Mr Broad should feel ashamed for his constant attempt to spread fear in the community and undermine the great work of TasPorts through persistent unfounded and untrue claims.

TasPorts is a business owned by the the Tasmanian people, and I will no longer allow Shane Broad to get away with damaging our port business and the reputation of the trade route with King Island.

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