Port gang­way plan dropped

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Wad­dell

Plans for a be­low-deck gang­way at the Port of Broome wharf have been scrapped af­ter a study found it would be un­safe.

The State Govern­ment said an in­de­pen­dent re­port into the vi­a­bil­ity of the gang­way out­lined the risk to cruise-ship pas­sen­ger safety of be­ing placed in the crush zone and the slope of it not com­ply­ing with Aus­tralian stan­dards.

How­ever, works to dredge the port are due to start by the mid­dle of next year to al­low all-tide ac­cess for cruise ships in an ef­fort to at­tract more tourism to the town. The State Govern­ment com­mit­ted $7 mil­lion for the Chan­nel Op­ti­mi­sa­tion Project in the 2017-18 bud­get, with an ex­tra $8 mil­lion an­nounced ear­lier this month.

Kim­ber­ley Ports Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Shel­lack said the com­pany was com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the cruise pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is the com­bi­na­tion of the 10.5m tidal range and the fixed wharf height of 13.4m above the low­est wa­ter level that makes find­ing a be­low-deck ac­cess so­lu­tion for the Port of Broome unique,” he said.

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