OP­POR­TU­NITY

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Zoe Keenan

Mid West Ports Author­ity and Progress Mid West are dis­cussing the po­ten­tial for a berth eight de­vel­op­ment to host cruise and naval ships in the fu­ture.

Mid West Ports Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Klein re­sponded to a sug­ges­tion by Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price to upgrade the port as an op­por­tu­nity to host de­fence ships.

“Mid West Ports is work­ing with Progress Mid West to ini­ti­ate the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of this op­por­tu­nity,” he said. “De­pend­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s find­ings, it could in­clude the re­quire­ment for ad­di­tional port in­fra­struc­ture.

“The in­fra­struc­ture ex­pan­sion could in­clude a ded­i­cated cruise and naval — white and grey ship — berth on the western side of the east­ern break­wa­ter.”

Mr Klein said there were op­por­tu­ni­ties to host naval ves­sels for ser­vices such as main­te­nance and recre­ational leave.

Mid West De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Trea­sure said there was logic in taking these op­por­tu­ni­ties and bring­ing them into fo­cus.

“At the mo­ment Ger­ald­ton is ac­com­mo­dat­ing cruise ships through shore ten­sion units,” he said.

“This has been great but we do need a more per­ma­nent, longert­erm so­lu­tion around ac­com­mo­dat­ing cruise ves­sels.”

Mr Trea­sure, who has pre­vi­ously worked at the port, said in the past there were in­fre­quent visits from naval ships for recre­ation, which was great for the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Hav­ing ded­i­cated fa­cil­i­ties for naval ships for recre­ation and some main­te­nance ser­vices could be some­thing that could be en­ter­tained,” he said.

“De­vel­op­ment of a berth eight would open up op­por­tu­nity for more cruise and naval ships.

“If berth eight is lo­cated off the east­ern break­wa­ter, it won’t in­con­ve­nience cur­rent port cus­tomers.

“It would also of­fer cruise ship pas­sen­gers safer ac­cess to dis­em­bark into the fore­shore area rather than get­ting off right in the cen­tre of an in­dus­trial port area.”

We do need a more per­ma­nent, longer-term so­lu­tion . . . a berth eight would open up op­por­tu­nity for more cruise and naval ships. Mid West De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Trea­sure The in­fra­struc­ture ex­pan­sion could in­clude a ded­i­cated cruise and naval — white and grey ship — berth on the western side of the east­ern break­wa­ter. Mid West Ports Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Klein

Pic­ture: Royal Aus­tralian Navy

There are moves to upgrade Ger­ald­ton port to ac­com­mo­date Royal Aus­tralian Navy ves­sels for shore leave and main­te­nance.

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