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Shiploader Project

The Australian Government is investing $64 million to fund the construction of TasRail’s new minerals shiploader and expand storage capacity in its Bulk Minerals Export Facility. TasRail is working with a Tasmanian company to Design and Construct its new Shiploader, preliminary onsite works and detailed design will commence in the second half of this year, with the new shiploader planned to be commissioned in the first half of 2023.  

The mining industry will continue to deliver by rail and road (depending on the projects’ location and scale) to the new Shiploader, that will load material at approximately twice the rate of the current infrastructure and provide industry with significant reliability, environmental and safety benefits.

As the Shiploader project moves into the construction phase, TasRail will provide regular updates to the community.  

January 2022

The Shiploader design continues to progess, with the layout and access ways being defined.

An internal view of the Shiploader looking at the mechanical design of the conveyor systems.


December 2021


The design, to date, of the new Shiploader boom.

An internal stakeholder engagement session with some of TasRail’s Operators and Maintainers at Burnie.  


November 2021

Above and below: Engineering and technical subject matter advisors for the Shiploader Project undertaking a site visit of the existing facility with key TasRail project members.



A Safety in Design Workshop for the new Shiploader was completed in Burnie, involving key operational, maintenance and safety personnel from TasRail. The workshop was facilitated by COVA Haywards to assess the new Shiploader design for potential hazards and risk, and enhanced operational and maintenance safety features.


October 2021

Shiploader design drawing at 30 per cent completion demonstrating the extent of shuttle travel, luffing range, and long travel.

Survey of the existing Shiploader and wharf completed by PDA surveyors to assist with design integration of existing wharf infrastructure.

The Project Team will undertake further site investigation works for the upgrade of existing site power supply from LV to HV power.


September 2021

Above and below: TasRail COO Stephen Kerrison, TasRail CEO Steven Dietrich, Managing Director Crisp Bros. Haywards Steve Edmunds, and COVA Haywards Managing Director Ben Evans at the formal execution of the Design and Construction Contract for TasRail's new shiploader at the Port of Burnie.

August 2021


Cova Group and TasRail staff completing a site inspection of the existing infrastructure in the BMEF Shed. 

Inspecting the existing reclaim hopper system within the BMEF Shed to determine how the new design for reclaiming materials for shiploading can be optimised.

Above and below: Haywards completing an investigation of the wharf deck on Berth 5 for the design and installation of new crane rails for the new Shiploader. 


Project team members from TasRail and Cova Haywards completing an initial site inspection at Burnie Port. 

July 2021

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson MP, Federal member for Braddon Mr Gavin Pearce, Tasmanian Resources Minister Guy Barnett MP, TasRail CEO Steven Dietrich, TasPorts CEO Anthony Donald, and Member for Braddon Felix Ellis MP at the Design and Construct Tender announcement in Burnie.

Shiploader concept drawing.