Tour­ing the Port

North West Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

More than 200 lo­cal res­i­dents and staff have at­tended com­mu­nity tours in Port Hed­land’s new In­te­grated Ma­rine Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre, ex­pected to open in April, 2019.

Nine mem­bers of the Port Hed­land com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion com­mit­tee, 107 res­i­dents, 51 staff and two me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives took up the tour of­fer by Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity.

Also, 33 Hed­land Se­nior High School stu­dents were se­lected by writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion, to check out the every­day com­plex ma­rine op­er­a­tions at the port of Port Hed­land. Har­bour master My­ron Fer­nan­des, who acted as a tour guide for the walk through said the sched­uled tours were all well sub­scribed and re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back.

“Many of the vis­i­tors had not seen the in­ner har­bour from an an el­e­vated per­spec­tive and ap­pre­ci­ated the view and the in­sights pro­vided into the day-to-day man­age­ment of the port’s op­er­a­tion,” he said.

“The vis­i­tors were also

im­pressed that a modern and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced fa­cil­ity such as the IMOC was lo­cated in the Pil­bara re­gion.

“The high school stu­dents’ visit to the fa­cil­ity was es­pe­cially im­por­tant as Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity has com­menced a ma­rine cadet pro­gram and we hope this may en­cour­age other young com­mu­nity mem­bers to be part of the ma­rine in­dus­try.”

Res­i­dents were given the chance to see new ves­sel traf­fic ser­vices con­soles and unique views of the in­ner har­bour and ship­ping chan­nel. Neal Ri­ley, Shirley Ri­ley, Anna Win­kler, Mathes Per­era.

Ar­mando de la Flor Ola­vide and Dyana Camp­bell.

Ja­son Har­ris, Amy Shel­ton, Cheryl Song Loong, Neil Rock.

Scott Muller and Re­becca Bul­lock.

Me­gan and Kieran Richard­son.

Kylie Unkovich and Mary-Ellen Sheri­dan.

Ma­ree Doel

Neil Maney and Ja­nine Row­ley. Pic­tures: Nur-Ir­dah Ha­lik

Kylie and Alan Northey.

Deputy­har­bour master Savio Fer­nan­des talks about the op­er­a­tions cen­tre.

Steve and Car­men Walsh.

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