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FREMANTLE PORT STUNNING SUNRISE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, sunrise, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2018

 

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Summer is back! We are expecting 31 degrees today in Fremantle, so get out the shorts, mini skirts and bathers!

The sunrise over the Maritime Museum was stunning and the warm colours a prediction of what the day will be like.

It was very busy at B Shed with many people sailing out to Rottnest Island.

I believe it is going to be the hottest May in 58 years or so, according to the weather news on TV. Enjoy it!

Roel Loopers

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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.

Roel Loopers

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LIVE STREAM ALL LIVE TRANSPORT TRIPS

 

Awassi Express

 

I just want to put this out there and see how serious the Australian government, our politicians, and the live trade exporters are.

We all know shit happens in the world, especially on sheep ships, and we also suspect that we only get to see the tip of the iceberg as far as animal cruelty during transport to the Middle East  is concerned.

My suggestion is to put cameras on every deck of every live trade transport ship and live stream the images 24/7 on the internet, so that everyone in the world can monitor what goes on and alert authorities when the animals are not treated well and are in distress.

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE INFO TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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Come along to the drop-in sessions to see the draft concept plan and speak to the project team of Main Roads WA, who will be available to answer questions.

Drop-in anytime TODAY from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 30 April or 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 10 May at Stackwood, Stack Street, Fremantle.

View the draft concept plan and read more project information on the website – https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

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FREMANTLE PORT’S MIGHTY TUG BOATS

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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I love Fremantle’s working port. There is no day that goes by that I don’t drive onto the South or North Mole or go for a wander along Victoria Quay.

I love the always changing scenery of vessels arriving and departing, the sound of containers being put on trucks and majestic huge cruiseliners turning in port on a coin.

I took the photos of this mighty little tug boat yesterday morning just after nine o’clock.

Roel Loopers

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SHEEP SHAME SHIP BACK IN BUSINESS

Posted in abuse, animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, LIVESTOCK, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2018

 

Awassi Express

 

The Awassi Express is back at berth at North Quay in Fremantle Port and ready to be loaded with thousands of sheep again, after she made national headlines for the animal cruelty on board the ship, that was leaked by a whistleblower.

I believe that the photos and videos we are confronted with now and then are just the tip of the iceberg and that this happens far more often than the public is aware.

We also need to acknowledge that different cultures have different standards of animal care and if Australians don’t like the conditions the sheep and cattle face when being transported to the Middle East and elsewhere we need to stop the live trade from our country.

We have heard too often that conditions will improve and that animal cruelty will never happen again, until it happened again.

Roel Loopers

Stop Press: Latest news on Friday morning is that the ship will sail out empty from Fremantle but might take cattle on board in Broome, according to media reports.

 

 

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

 

 

The community consultation by Main Roads about the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade is starting with the department sending out letters to nearby residents from today.

The proposed upgrade from Carrington Road to Stirling Highway is part of the $ 2.3 billion Road and Rail Infrastructure package which is funded by the state and federal governments.

Key features for the upgrade are a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve mature trees, and a single lane service road for residents north of High Street.

The concept design period is expected to take up to six months so that the community will have ample time to comment and be informed.

People can provide feedback by completing a survey online at https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

Or send an email to highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au<mailto:highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au>

Posting to PO Box 6202 EAST PERTH WA 6892 or phoning 138 138

There will be an information display at the City of Fremantle Library from Monday 7 May.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT GETS SHADES

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2018

 

Port shade

 

Fremantle Ports installed two huge shade umbrellas east of the E Shed markets where the old crane used to stand.

Unfortunately the crane was neglected for so long that they had to demolish it a few years ago, and so another part of our history disappeared.

Not sure at all what the purpose of these umbrellas in that specific location is, so we’ll wait and see.

Roel Loopers

LIVE SHEEP SHIP BLOCKED FROM LEAVING FREMANTLE

Posted in abuse, animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018

 

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority(AMSA) last night blocked the departure from Fremantle Port of the live sheep carrier Awassi Express after serious concerns were raised on the 60 Minutes TV program about more than 2,000 sheep dying from heat exhaustion on a previous trip of the vessel.

The operators have been forced to reduce the number of sheep by 17.5 per cent to only 57,000 and improve the airflow for the animals. They will also be required to have a government appointed observer on board.

Fremantle federal MP Josh Wilson said that the live export industry is fundamentally rotten and that we have been lied to for 15 years.

Roel Loopers

 

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