Tasmania's maritime capabilities

Bounded by the sea, Tasmania has a highly impressive array of capabilities across the maritime domain with our state recognised for quietly achieving professional mastery in shipbuilding and watercraft construction, maritime systems and equipment, port development and ship operations and research, education and training.

Tasmanian boats are stronger, safer, and faster. Our equipment is tougher. Our systems are more sophisticated. If you build it here, in the toughest water in the world, you don’t have a choice.

Tasmanian maritime story

The Southern Ocean is a place of risk and adventure, a dangerous place of cold wind, rain, and giant seas. Good enough, in turbulent Tasmanian waters, is never good enough. If we fail in the Southern Ocean or Bass Strait, it isn’t a setback. It’s deadly.

Read how Tasmanians isolated by Bass Strait focused on invention and trade throughout the centuries to achieve today’s quiet mastery in both commercial and defence maritime.

Commercial maritime prospectus

Tasmania’s maritime industry prides itself on designing and producing vessels, systems and services that are more innovative, more durable and more reliable than the competition.

Download our prospectus and read about Tasmania’s maritime advantages and capabilities in the area of shipbuilding and watercraft construction; port development; manufactured products and services; and education, training and advanced research.

Defence Maritime prospectus

Tasmania’s maritime industry supplies advanced products, systems and services to navies the world over and with modern infrastructure, a skilled workforce and established supply chains, Tasmanian industry can deliver defence forces the solutions they deserve.

Download our prospectus and read about Tasmania’s defence maritime capabilities in areas such as shipbuilding and watercraft construction; port development and ship operations; specialised systems and equipment; and research, education and training.



More about Watercraft programs in Tasmania's sights

Watercraft programs in Tasmania's sights

Tasmanian shipbuilders have the experience, infrastructure and workforce to deliver on the Australian Defence Force's requirements for watercraft and specialist ships.

More about Tasmania’s specialised maritime systems are in global demand

Tasmania’s specialised maritime systems are in global demand

With a relentless focus on quality, innovation and exceeding expectations, Tasmania’s maritime industry provides the operational and safety solutions navies require.

More about Tasmania’s engineering firms deliver for defence

Tasmania’s engineering firms deliver for defence

Using the latest technology and sophisticated designs, Tasmania produces a range of engineering products and services for naval ships, boats and submarines.

More about Tasmania improves global ports and ship operations

Tasmania improves global ports and ship operations

Using cutting edge science, technology and state of the art facilities, Tasmania deliver unique systems and services for port development and ship operations projects.

Browse our industry directory

The Defence Tasmania Industry Directory profiles Tasmania’s high quality defence industry capabilities across maritime, land, aerospace and cyber domains. It also showcases our world leading maritime and defence education, training and research expertise and facilities.

View the directory which is a vital resource for industry stakeholders, operators and other parties working in the defence sector in Australia and abroad.

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of Tasmania’s shipbuilders and maritime companies.



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