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TasPorts Charles Black Memorial Scholarship

TasPorts is a state-owned company responsible for eleven Tasmanian ports and the Devonport Airport. TasPorts is also the owner of Bass Island Line (BIL) and provides a safe and reliable shipping service for the King Island community.

TasPorts is responsible for the management and maintenance of essential infrastructure in Tasmania, which includes forestry terminal operations in Burnie and Bell Bay, all associated infrastructure at the Devonport Airport as well as maintenance of port berths, channels, wharves, landside assets, marine fleet and key navigational aids.

TasPorts ensures the safe control and security of all major ports and delivers critical pilotage services as well as provision of towage, slipway and refuelling facilities, supply of floating plant and equipment for marine engineering projects, and construction and coastal haulage. In addition, we maintain community-use waterfront assets in Sullivan’s Cove, Stanley, Inspection Head, Strahan and King Island.

Charles Black was a lifetime Mariner and Maritime Industry Expert. He arrived in Tasmania in 1981 to commence a role with the Australian Maritime College. From this position, he moved into roles in Bass Strait and the Timor Sea before settling into a role at the Port of Bell Bay as a Marine Pilot. He was appointed to the role of Harbour Master and CEO of the Port of Launceston and was inaugural Harbour Master for TasPorts. Charles was hugely respected in the maritime industry and in the Tasmanian Community for not only his expertise, but his character which has been described as stoic, persistent, steadfast, practical and loyal. Sadly, Charles passed away in 2018. He continued to work as an expert consultant for TasPorts until his passing, supporting the organisation and existing Harbour Master with guidance and advice, based on a lifetime of knowledge and capability.



Available to a Tasmanian commencing the first year of an undergraduate degree at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Semester 1, 2021. Selection will be based on academic merit, with consideration also given to leadership capability and financial need. Work experience with TasPorts may be available for the successful applicant.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a Credit (5.0/7.0) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of each semester, OR an Ungraded Pass (UP) in all units in the case of a seafaring/marine engineering degree.


$5,000 per year


Up to four years

Closing Date

28 February 2021


Apply online prior to closing date. Applications cannot be submitted after closing date. As applicants will be assessed on the quality of application, all questions should be answered in full. Please ensure care is taken with spelling and grammar.

Application status

Closed. Successful applicant/s advised.