Major Tasmanian ports are managed by four port authorities centred in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. The port of Launceston had the greatest cargo mass tonne throughput in 2002-03, with 5,297,470, followed by Burnie with 3,883,532.
Since July 1976 the Commonwealth Government has provided financial assistance to shippers of freight between Tasmania and the mainland under the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme. More information about the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme is available from the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services web site http://www.dotars.gov.au/.
More information on Tasmanian sea freight activity can be found at the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) web site: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/. A map of Tasmania's Major Freight Handling Ports is also available from the DIER web site under Marine transport > General Information.
FREIGHT MOVEMENTS, Main Seaports - Tasmania
(a) Including empty containers.
Source: Tasmanian port authorities, annual reports.