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CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

There is still very little news to report in good old meditating Freo, so a few photos of some of the cruise ships that visit Fremantle Port.

Yesterday at 5pm the relatively small Astor departed, and an hour after her the Maasdam, which carries 1,258 passengers and is 220-metres long.

This morning at 9am the 216-metre long Seven Seas Mariner arrived with 700 passengers and 445 crew. It will depart Fremantle again early this evening.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE VICTORIA QUAY EVENTS THIS SUMMER

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2019

 

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There are a lot of activities planned for Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port this summer.

On January 15 and 24 Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will hold workshops for kids 4+. there will be outdoors Maritime Movies on January 12 and the Merchants’ Mess Markets with food trucks from 4-9pm on January 20 and February 17.

And on the long Australia Day weekend January 26 and 27 the Rock Rattle and Roll Festival will be on VQ.

There is more so check out the http://www.victoriaquay.com.au website.

Roel Loopers

LOVING FREO’S WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019

 

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Maybe I am just an unrealistic romantic, but I hope that Fremantle Port will remain a working port with container ships, cranes, cruise ships, ferries and all the things that make ports exciting, for as long as I live, so for another 5-10 years. ;>)

Seeing the cranes and ships as a background for gorgeous heritage buildings is something very special and very Freo.

I get all the political, environmental, NIMBY and other reasons for the port to be moved away from Fremantle, but there are many who just like it the way it is, as I do.

No doubt North Quay and Rouse Head are prime real estate areas, but so are Arthur’s Head, the West End, Monument Hill and Cantonment Hill, so shall we just develop all those significant places?

There is a much stronger case in my opinion to start developing Victoria Quay. It does not all have to be done in one go, but Fremantle Ports really should start on it.

I took the photos above this morning, with the ferries to Rottnest being very popular during the school holidays.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MAYOR WANTS FREO PORT TO STAY

 

The opinion piece by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt in today’s West Australian about the pros and cons of an outer harbour, and the continuation of Fremantle as a working port is pragmatic and realistic, and without the political spin we are often getting about this important topic.

Brad Pettitt rightly argues that there is no immediate need for an outer harbour in Kwinana and that the environmental damage to Cockburn Sound might well be unacceptable. The Mayor also points out that shifting the port away from Fremantle would “erode Fremantle’s history and identity and lead to a big loss of economic activity…”

I agree with the Freo Mayor that the Perth Freight Link was a flawed plan that did not resolve how to get freight to the port, and that increased container freight by rail, with a new rail bridge across the Swan River, could see Fremantle continue as our much-liked working port.

It is a good idea to move the offloading of imported vehicles to Kwinana, or even Bunbury, and maybe also the scrap metal and live sheep transport.

A new rail bridge and rail line and better use of freight on roads, where we no longer see empty trucks running in and out of the port, and more freight by road during the evenings, are all part of the solution.

Fremantle Ports and the State Government should also become serious about part development of Victoria Quay and prioritise this by changing the buffer zones around the port, so that tourist and residential accommodation will be possible.

Moving the car imports away from Fremantle can be done very fast and does not need large infrastructure investment and the same applies to sheep trade.

I love the working port of Fremantle and would hate to see it become only a port for cruise ships. The container ships are part of Freo’s history and should continue to be so for many more years.

Roel Loopers

TWO NEW CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

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Two cruise liners are in Fremantle Port this morning and I can’t recall that they have ever visited our city before.

The 188-metre-long Azamara Quest, which can carry 686 passengers is at berth along the 203-metre-long AIDAaura, which can carry up to 1,300 passengers.

There are also hundreds of vehicles on Victoria Quay that have been unloaded, so head up to Cantonment Hill and have a look at our vibrant Freo port!

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE NEEDS EPA APPROVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, state government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 18, 2018

 

I received the below message about the High Street upgrade for freight to Fremantle Port from Main Roads, so important to share it with the Fremantle community:

As part of the environmental approvals process the High Street Upgrade project was referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). On 6 November 2018 the EPA determined that a public environmental review will be held for the project. As part of the environmental approvals process, we are releasing an Environmental Review Document for a public comment period from Monday 17 December 2018 to Friday 18 January 2019.

In the meantime we are continuing to progress planning and project development. You might have noticed us out and about undertaking a range of geotechnical and site investigations as we further develop the preliminary design.

In October we called for expressions of interest from industry as the first step in engaging a contractor to design and deliver the project.

Our noise assessment process also identified that the project requires noise mitigation in line with the Western Australian Planning Commission Road and Rail Noise Policy (State Planning Policy 5.4). Letters went out to property owners in October providing some initial information about noise mitigation.

Main Roads is also working with the City of Fremantle to develop a landscaping and urban design framework to guide the project.

Look out for future updates early in 2019 or visit the High Street Project page for more information.

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NO SPIN PLEASE IN WESTPORT PROCESS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, fremantle ports, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 17, 2018

 

It is often difficult to see the facts through the haze of spin when important community, environmental and political issues are raised, as is the case with the strong lobbying for an alternative port at Kwinana by some community and political groups and by the Town of Kwinana council.

There were strong opinions for and against Roe 8, but it seems that now has been abandoned forever with the road reserve being canceled by the WA Labor government recently.

But when one reads Paul Murray’s column in the weekend West Australian a port at Kwinana would have the most negative and biggest environmental and social issues of Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, with Fremantle Port having the lowest impact assessment.

It seems strange that there has been political interference by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti who, according to Murray’s article, edited the report released by the Westport Taskforce last week. If that is true that should worry us all, as the environmental assessment published by the MUA is no longer part of the report.

It is very clear that the traffic bottleneck in North Fremantle  will hamper any substantial growth of Fremantle Port, so what will the State Government do about that?

The Maritime Union of Australia is strongly opposed to a Kwinana Port, because it would see a loss of jobs, and they say that Fremantle Port could double its container intake and could operate for another 20 years, but at what cost to the traffic flow in effected suburbs?

The Westport Taskforce started with a big bang and the assurance that everyone would be consulted and that it would be a transparent process, so it is essential for the State Government not to interfere with the process and not “edit” any of the findings by the supposedly independent taskforce.

Roel Loopers

WESTPORT TASKFORCE FIRST PROGRESS REPORT IS OUT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018

 

 

The first progress report by the WESTPORT Taskforce is an interesting read. It came out yesterday, so check it out on-line as it is quite substantial.

I had a quick look at the WHAT HAVE WE FOUND SO FAR report and there are two points I consider very important for Fremantle. The first one is that the report states that Fremantle Port would be capable of handling double the number of containers it does now, as long as improved road and rail access to deliver and pick up container freight is part of the development.

The second one is maybe even more important as it means that residential and other development along Victoria Quay does not have to be halted until the port stops accepting containers.

The reports states: However, the Fremantle Port buffer is a guideline rather than a State statutory and use planning instrument. It does not preclude planning for additional residential development, even in the area closest to the port, and is dependent on local governments to regulate.

This is really important, because so far any attempt at wanting to build residential or hotel accommodation at Victoria Quay has been dismissed as not being possible because of the buffer zone around the port. It might just need a different, less rigid, approach by the Fremantle Ports board and management.

And a few more snippets from the report:

Changing community expectations about what is shipped from the port should be recognised as a constraint to development in the Fremantle study area. With the relocation of some trades, the port could expand its container operations or alternatively, use the space for non-port purposes.

Changing land use within the port buffer could open opportunities for a range of recreation, commercial and residential activities around Victoria Quay and in North Fremantle.

Key considerations of future work will be to: determine how long Fremantle’s Inner Harbour can efficiently and safely operate alongside the increasingly urban environment of the City of Fremantle; assess the impacts that trucks and other traffic has on suburbs west of the Kwinana Freeway as well as on access to the port; identify opportunities to facilitate and grow trade; assess if and when any trades should be moved to a different port location; and plan for the infrastructure required to keep freight moving efficiently and the economy growing for decades to come.

Any change to Fremantle Port operation will be long-term and won’t be happening for many years. It is quite clear from this progress report that there is no immediate need to move all port operation to Kwinana or Bunbury, but that a long transitional period might be required to move some operations.

The Westport Taskforce will continue to work, explore and consult with all affected communities and stakeholders, and nothing will happen overnight, or next year.

Roel Loopers

NEW WELCOME FOR FREMANTLE CRUISE PASSENGERS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018

 

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The cruise ship Astor arrived in Fremantle Port today, so that gave me the opportunity to have a close up look at the new shade structure in front of the Passenger Terminal.

It looks pretty good I reckon and provides plenty of shade.

I am an impatient SOB, so would not wait for the morning light that would create better photos, so here the shots I took around 3pm today.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT PASSENGER TERMINAL UPGRADE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2018

 

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The new shade structure in front of the Fremantle Port Passenger Terminal is nearing completion with workers putting the glass panels on top of the steel frame this morning.

The upgrade of the terminal was an important factor in Princess Cruises’ decision in making our port their home port this season.

Roel Loopers

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