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MASSIVE CRANES CARRIER DEPARTS FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, stevedores, Uncategorized by freoview on September 26, 2018

 

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The Chinese vessel Zhen Hua 24 departed Fremantle Port at sunset on Tuesday evening, heading for Brisbane to deliver one of the massive 50metre-high container cranes there, as she had also done in Fremantle.

The cranes are for DP World operation around Australia and four of them were still onboard when the ship left, which made for a very impressive sight, and is one of the many reasons why I love the working Freo port.

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CONTAINER CRANE SHIP DELAYS DEPARTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2018

 

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The Zhen Huan 24 was scheduled to leave Fremantle Port at 1.30pm on Friday, but it did not happen, although the mooring ropes had been released and two tug boats were waiting for over an hour.

I wanted to take a photo of the five huge 50-metre-high cranes onboard the ship dwarfing the green lighthouse on the South Mole, but unfortunately that did not eventuate, so I waited in vain for an hour and a half.

I took these two photos instead, the one with the railway station showing why a working port is such a unique attraction for our city.

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NEW CONTAINER CRANE FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2018

 

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I was not aware that the Chinese ship Zhen Hua 24 carrying five huge container cranes had entered Fremantle Port, so it was an amazing sight to see it at berth at North Quay this morning, where it offloaded one of the cranes.

The cranes are 50 metres high and weigh 1200 tonnes and are delivered at DP World stevedores in Australian ports, one of them Fremantle.

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THE FUTURE OF FREMANTLE PORT FORUM TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2018

 

A large flyer has been put in letterboxes around Fremantle in support of Fremantle Port to continue as a working port.

‘FREMANTLE PORT WORKS’ the anonymous flyer claims, citing a $ 250 million upgrade in 2010 and that the port has the capacity to operate for another 25+ years.

Fremantle Port is currently trading around 700,000 TEUs per year but could handle volumes of 2.2-2.4 million TEUs the flyer claims.

The authors of the flyer also state that in 2017 only 10% of traffic on Tydeman Road were container trucks, and that only 48% of trucks visiting Fremantle Port were laden both at arrival and departure. Trade volumes have increased since 2015 but truck movements have decreased, the flyer screams in bold type.

We don’t need a new port in Kwinana that would destroy forever the environmentally sensitive Cockburn Sound, the authors write.

It shows that the deliberations by the WESTPORT taskforce about a new port and scaling down or closing Fremantle Port as a container port are emotive issues in our community, so the forum this evening at the Fremantle Townhall will hopefully shed some light on the facts and fiction of a new port and the future of Fremantle Port.

The forum is on TODAY from 6-8pm. See you there!

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TWO UNDERPASSES FOR PORT LINK

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

There will be a special Fremantle Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss Main Roads proposal for the High Street roundabout and safer freight connectivity to Fremantle Port.

The proposal is meant to make the trip for trucks to and from Fremantle Port faster, safer and easier, while also addressing pedestrian safety by putting two underpasses under the road, one at the Montreal/High street intersection and one near Forrest Street under Stirling Highway.

The widening of the road will have an impact on the Royal Fremantle and public golf courses, and Booyeembara Park, and will also affect FERN and the Frank Gibson Park.

A slip street at High Street for traffic travelling to the city from the east will make that journey a bit easier as well.

Fremantle Council will ask for Main Roads land at Clontarf Hill to compensate for the loss of green space the widening of the road will cause.

The Special Council meeting on Wednesday was also going to deal with the tenders for the civic centre, but that item has been scratched, so the only item on the agenda is the High Street/Stirling Highway Upgrade Project.

 

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FREO STEVEDORES NOT HAPPY WITH MINISTER

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2018

 

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Fremantle stevedores DL World and Patrick’s are not very happy that Fremantle Ports has put out a general tender for the management of the container terminals on North Quay.

Yesterday Minister Rita Saffioti announced the Expressions of Interest for a seven-year lease and it appears the present operators were not aware of that.

DL World and Patrick’s have spent many millions of dollars on upgrading the facilities, getting bigger and better cranes, etc. over the past decades, so they were expecting the WA state government to liaise with them about new leases instead of a general tender.

The whole port thing is becoming a bit of a shambles, with millions of dollars wasted by the previous Liberal Government on legal advise and expert opinions for the intended sale/lease of Fremantle Port, and now the Westport task force will advise the government if a new outer harbour is viable and if it should be constructed at Kwinana or elsewhere.

It is also questionable if any new or present operator would substantially invest in the terminals when the lease is only for a 7+2 year period.

Roel Loopers

 

 

NEW LEASES FOR FREMANTLE PORT CONTAINER TERMINALS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2018

 

Fremantle Ports is asking for tenders for new leases for the two container shipping terminals at North Quay.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced today that the opportunity was being offered in an open market expression of interest process.

The intention is to grant new seven-year leases with options for extensions for two further periods of up to seven years, at the discretion of Fremantle Ports and dependant on the outcome of the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy.

A new management agreement for the operation of the North Quay Rail Terminal will also be put in place through a parallel Request for Proposals process.

A seven-year lease is relatively short, so that must mean the McGown government is serious about a new overflow port near Kwinana.

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UNION TRUTH ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

I was given a copy of an eight-page flyer The Truth About The Flawed Outer Harbour Plan, written by the Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch secretary and National President Christy Cain.

It’s always good to try to see all sides of an argument, so let’s have a look at the facts the MUA published in the leaflet.

# The MUA claims that Fremantle Port is only running at 50% capacity and that there is no need for a premature costly duplication of the port at Kwinana.

# The MUA supports the long-term vision of an overflow port at Kwinana when it is needed, but say it is not needed yet, and that the volume at Fremantle Port has been falling for some time.

# The proposed cap on Fremantle Port is lower than the current volume and would be anticompetitive, the union claims. It would prevent the current terminal operators to grow.

# 90% of containers to and from the port are on the road between 6am-6pm Monday to Friday. The port operates 24/7 but nearly all containers are handled in just 35% of all the hours available.

# Better coordination of road transport, plus general decline in volume has seen a 11% reduction in truck visits to Fremantle Port over the last two years.

# Rail is underutilised as is handles only 14.5% of containers, while it is designed to carry 30% of container traffic.

# The MUA says that if the outer harbour was built now, 20-30 years before it is needed, it would add $ 10 billion to the construction cost, making it a $ 15-16 billion dollar dud, that would cause a dramatic increase to freight costs.

# Fremantle Port supports 2,000 direct employees and an estimated total workforce of 6,000 direct and indirect employees servicing the port.

# The outer harbour would be automated and would have less jobs than Fremantle Port.

# Government Treasury predicts another 25 years of growth potential for Fremantle Port. It stated that artificial capping would result in earlier capital investment in the Outer Harbour and related road and rail infrastructure-imposing an unnecessary financial burden on the WA Government, container trades and the community.

If you have any questions it is best to contact the MUA as I won’t have the answers.

 

Roel Loopers

MIGHTY TUGBOATS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in containers, fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

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Those mighty little tugboats dwarfed by the big container ships always impress me in Fremantle Port, so I had to take a photo of this one this morning pulling strongly.

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STIRLING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC OPTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2017

Media release from the office of W.A. Minister Rita Saffioti:

Options for High Street and Stirling Highway to be developed

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

 

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