13 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. 1 (1998)

handle is hein.journals/ausnewma13 and id is 1 raw text is: OPENING OF THE 28TH CONFERENCE OF THE
MARITIME LAW ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
AND NEW ZEALAND
BY THE HONOURABLE SIR GUY GREEN AC KBE
GOVERNOR OF TASMANIA MONDAY 13
OCTOBER 1997
I had the honour of addressing the Association in 1978 and then in
1987. Save for feeling seriously disconcerted by how quickly our
decadal reunion has come around again it gives me a great deal of
personal satisfaction to be involved once again in a meeting of the
Association.
With all the modesty which I can muster - which isn't much - I
think Hobart can be seen to be a rather appropriate venue for this
conference.
The Derwent estuary is one of the finest deep water harbours in the
world. The port of Hobart is probably unique in that whilst it is very
much a working port it is also a popular recreation and tourist area
which is only minutes away from the CBD of Hobart
The newly established Hobart port authority - the Hobart Ports
Corporation - has an extensive area of jurisdiction controlling about
two thirds of Tasmania's coastline from Cape Portland in the north to
Temma Harbour in the west. The authority has roots going back nearly
140 years but the port is a thoroughly modem, fully equipped port
which can offer safe all-weather access to all types of vessels and deep
water berths able to accommodate the largest overseas ships.
Incidentally it is also the first port authority in Australia to have a
website on the internet.
A distinctive feature of the city and port of Hobart has been its
close involvement for over 160 years in every aspect of maritime
activity relating to the Antarctic, the subantarctic and the Southern
Ocean. In 1837 the French Captain Dumont d'Urville called in to the

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