Aussie Ports Upgrade

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS - Jill Abel - CEO

The re­cent an­nounce­ment that the NSW Govern­ment has com­mit­ted $12.7 mil­lion to a per­ma­nent multi-pur­pose cruise ter­mi­nal in Newcastle is welcome news as we ap­proach the start of cruise sea­son. The new fa­cil­ity, to be com­pleted in 2018, is lo­cated close to the city cen­tre and will en­able the Port to at­tract more cruise ships to the re­gion in­clud­ing some of the larger ves­sels. Ge­off Crowe, Port of Newcastle ceo, noted the “pur­pose-built fa­cil­i­ties will pro­vide a pro­fes­sional welcome to pas­sen­gers and op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency for our cruise cus­tomers.” This new­build will be in ad­di­tion to the up­grad­ing of the cur­rent moor­ing bol­lards, to be com­pleted in mid-2017, en­abling the Port to also host larger ships car­ry­ing up to 3,500 pas­sen­gers. Newcastle is one of sev­eral ports gear­ing up for the future of the growing cruise in­dus­try. A $100m “mega ship” fa­cil­ity is in the plan­ning stages by the Port of Bris­bane to meet the world­wide trend to “su­per­lin­ers”. In Tas­ma­nia, sig­nif­i­cant up­grades have been made to im­prove the ca­pac­ity of the ports in Ho­bart and Burnie. Dar­win has also re­cently com­pleted a $1.2 mil­lion shaded walk­way from the Ter­mi­nal to the Dar­win Water­front Precinct. These in­fra­struc­ture up­grades are critical to both the op­er­a­tional and pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­vance of our wel­com­ing eight new ships this cruise sea­son in­clud­ing Nor­we­gian Star, Maas­dam, Emer­ald Princess, Se­abourn En­core, Aza­mara Jour­ney, Mag­el­lan, Sirena and RCI’s Ova­tion of the Seas – the largest ship to ever cruise Aus­tralian waters.

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