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CONTAINERS ON THE LEASH

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2020

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The tugs in Fremantle Port were keeping this container ship on the leash at lunchtime today.

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I LOVE THE WORKING FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on March 30, 2020

 

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While waiting for the passengers’ transfer from the Vasco da Gama the huge container ship MSC Sindy, the deepest draft ship ever to visit, turned in Fremantle Port to depart, so of course I could not resist to take a few photos.

It took three tug boats to turn the vessel around.

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FREO’S CONTAINER ART GETS FACELIFT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, containers, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2020

 

 

The facelift paint job of the iconic Fremantle Rainbow container artwork will be completed before the weekend. It already looked a whole lot better on Thursday morning, but one has to wonder why only now commercial paint has been applied.   Surely that should have been a requirement for the artist when the City of Fremantle signed off on the commission.

Our art administrators act in mysterious ways sometimes.

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SAVE FREMANTLE’S PORT BEACH!

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, containers, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2020

 

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The container exhibition by the Maritime Museum is still on at Victoria Quay, so make sure to go and have a look and learn all about the history of containers.

Talking about the port, the Save Port Beach event is on all day this Saturday with music, food stalls, etc. so let’s put some pressure on the State Government to invest in one of Fremantle’s favourite beaches and protect and preserve it.

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NEW CRANE FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2019

 

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It is good to see that the Fremantle Port stevedore companies are still investing in our port, with another large $ 15 million crane delivered by the Zhen Dua 24.

It must be very hard for the board and management of Fremantle Ports to make plans for the future when one does not know if the port has a future still in Fremantle, or if the industrial part of it will be moved entirely to Kwinana in 15-20 years, and Fremantle only being a port for cruise ships and the Rottnest Island ferries.

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WESTPORT TASKFORCE LATEST REPORT ON NEW CONTAINER PORT OPTIONS

 

The Westport Taskforce has just released their latest report about the options for a probable new container port near Kwinana, so I copied and paste it for you all:

 

Changes to Westport’s shortlist

Westport announced its shortlist of five port options in August 2019. The shortlist, which was the result of the first multi-criteria analysis (MCA-1) on the long-list, consisted of three stand-alone Kwinana options and two shared Fremantle/Kwinana options.

After the release of Westport Beacon 7: Westport’s shortlist, the order and cataloguing of the options (which are now A-E) was subsequently changed for the purposes of MCA-2 and to allow the options to be re-assessed with a clean slate regardless of how they were ranked in MCA-1.

Since then, the Westport Taskforce has gathered information to enable a deeper understanding of how each option performs against the MCA-2 criteria.As work for the MCA-2 got underway, it became evident that two sub-options (Option D2 and Option E2) were required to allow separate assessment of a staged transition from the shared port options (Options D and E) to a stand-alone port in Kwinana. The transition Options D2 and E2 did not form part of MCA-1, but have now been added to the shortlist to enable investigations into infrastructure staging, timing and cost implications.

The addition of the two transition options highlights the complexity of Westport’s work and how the project has remained flexible to adapt to new inputs as required. This ensures that the best outcome can be achieved.The revised shortlist of options assessed in MCA-2 are summarised in Table 1 below. Options A to E are all end-state options, while Options D2 and E2 are transition options that both lead to Option B as the end-state.

Table 1: Summary of shortlist options assessed in MCA-2OptionDescription Operation

Option A KwinanaCockburn Sound North (vicinity Rowley Road) narrow island port with intermodal operations at Latitude 32End-state

Option B KwinanaCockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) conventional land-backed portEnd-state

Option C KwinanaCockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road)conventional island portEnd-state

Option D Fremantle and Kwinana. Unmodified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium conventional land-backed portEnd-state

Option D2 Fremantle and Kwinana. Unmodified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium land-backed port transitioning to Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) land-backed port (Option B)Transition to Option B

Option E Fremantle and Kwinana. Slightly modified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium conventional land-backed port with Blue HighwayEnd-state

Option E2 Fremantle and Kwinana. Slightly modified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium land-backed port with Blue Highway, transitioning to Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) land-backed port (Option B)Transition to Option B

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LOW SPEED HIGH STREET FREIGHT PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

The High Street Upgrade Project by Mainroads is going extremely slow.  I hear roadworks won’t be starting before February next year, so one has to wonder what is holding it up.

The City of Fremantle demolished the houses and FERN two months ago, so why is this important freight project not a priority for the State Government and a project that has to advance as fast as possible?

The proposed large roundabout at the Stirling Highway and High Street intersection is designed to allow trucks to go faster and to help speed up the freight trip to Fremantle Port, so why there is a five-month pause in the construction of it is questionable.

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FREMANTLE HIGH STREET UPGRADE STARTS

 

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The Fremantle  High Street Upgrade started this morning with contractors erecting fences, lights and security cameras along High Street, while inside the buildings floor boards are being removed before heavy equipment will move in to demolish the cottages.

The FERN site at Montreal Street is already being demolished with heavy equipment tearing down buildings.

The High Street Upgrade by Mainroads will create a new large roundabout to make for smoother freight trips to Fremantle Port.

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THE FUTURE OF FREMANTLE PORT INFO SESSIONS

 

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There are two events about the future of Fremantle Port and the Westport Taskforce process, so go listen for yourself.

The first one on September 10 is specifically for North Fremantle and will be at the community hall at Thompson Road from 6-8 pm with Westport chair Nicole Lockwood, Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

The second one on September 18 is an community information event by the Westport Taskforce at the Esplanade Hotel from 7.30-9pm.

Whatever the outcome of the taskforce findings they will have a severe impact on the future of Fremantle Port and on Fremantle in general, so have your say!

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WESTPORT TASKFORCE RESPONDS TO UNFAIR CRITICISM

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2019

 

The Westport Taskforce has received a lot of criticism from the Liberal party and its PR agency the West Australian and Sunday Times, plus from interest groups, so it is good to see that the chair of the taskforce Nicole Lockwood has responded and rejects criticism that was often not based on facts, as she points out.

Read it all here: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ehq-production-australia/55a2a28b14ce22b742f8e9aff4526a6ae746b60f/documents/attachments/000/114/622/original/FINAL_Westport_Project_Update_15.pdf?1567142690?utm_medium=email

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