Syd pol­icy ques­tioned

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

CRUISE lines have given mixed re­views to the new book­ing pol­icy the Port Author­ity of NSW is con­sid­er­ing for Syd­ney’s cruise berths ( CW Thu).

Adam Arm­strong, md RCL Cruises Aus­tralia & NZ called for a pol­icy that gives pref­er­ence for slots at the OPT be given to the ships that are too large to sail un­der the bridge and which bring the most pas­sen­gers to Syd­ney.

Arm­strong high­lighted that the IPART re­port re­leased in Nov, which he said “did not rec­om­mend a bid­ding process for slots at the OPT in its fi­nal re­port be­cause it said the in­dus­try was not sup­port­ive of such a sys­tem”.

“Though there may be a place for bid­ding for slots va­cated by in­cum­bent book­ings,” he added.

On the other end of the scale, Nor­we­gian Cruise Line Hold­ing’s svp and md Asia Pa­cific, Steve Odell told CW that as a re­cent en­trant to the Syd­ney home­port mar­ket, “we are cur­rently at a dis­ad­van­tage when it comes to al­lo­ca­tion of berths”.

“Berthing slots are of­ten held with­out com­pany de­ploy­ments be­ing agreed or an­nounced and then slots are sub­se­quently can­celled and opened up,” ex­plained Odell.

“This is why an open book­ing pe­riod for the OPT with the cor­rect book­ing pro­ce­dures and can­cel­la­tion penal­ties is im­por­tant to us, sim­i­lar to how other ports world­wide are man­aged”.

He noted it was dif­fi­cult to com­ment on the pro­posal un­til all the de­tails were made pub­lic, but em­pha­sised the need to re­solve the lack of berthing space in Syd­ney Har­bour east of the bridge.

Car­ni­val Aus­tralia & Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA) Aus­trala­sia chose not to com­ment un­til de­tails are re­vealed.

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