Cairns port ex­pan­sion

Cruise Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

CAIRNS is set to lure more cruise ships to the re­gion fol­low­ing a ded­i­ca­tion of $30m from the Queens­land Govt over the next two fi­nan­cial years to Ports North’s $120 mil­lion Cairns Ship­ping De­vel­op­ment Project.

The scheme in­volves widen­ing and deep­en­ing the ex­ist­ing nav­i­ga­tion chan­nel to al­low larger cruise ships to berth at the Cairns Cruise Liner Ter­mi­nal.

It would al­low for ships up to 300m long to berth and is fore­cast to at­tract an ad­di­tional 70 cruise ships (with home­port­ing and the Bris­bane Cruise ter­mi­nal) through the Port of Cairns each year by 2031.

Car­ni­val Aus­tralia ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Ann Sherry said the plan would help Cairns re­alise its full po­ten­tial as a ma­jor cruise hub, not­ing “We have al­ways seen Cairns as a cruis­ing hotspot with great po­ten­tial”.

“This project is key to turn­ing that po­ten­tial into a re­al­ity with all the ben­e­fits that the $4.6 bil­lion Aus­tralian cruise tourism in­dus­try has to of­fer Cairns and the re­gion in terms of vis­i­tor spend­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses,” she said.

Queens­land Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment An­thony Lyn­ham said “Ports North last year re­vised the project to cap pro­posed ex­panded ca­pac­ity at ships up to 300 me­tres in length that now an­chor off­shore as they can­not berth in the port.”

Lyn­ham said the re­vi­sion re­duced the vol­ume of dredg­ing needed from more than four mil­lion to just one cu­bic me­tre, en­sur­ing min­i­mum dis­rup­tion to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

This week the re­vised draft En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment for the plan opened up for pub­lic com­ment un­til 25 Aug.

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