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WOODSIDE’S FIRST LNG SHIP IN FREMANTLE

Posted in environment, fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on February 21, 2017

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Woodside christened its first LNG-powered vessel Siem Thiima at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay yesterday.

Here a photo of it with the cruiseliner Aurora in the background.

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FREMANTLE WELCOMES SILVER WHISPER

Posted in cruiseliner, fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism by freoview on February 15, 2017

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The beautiful Silver Whisper cruise ship is in Fremantle harbour but at the unusual location of C Shed, not the Passenger Terminal.

I believe Freo is due for many cruiseliners in the next weeks, which is great as it has been almost eerie quiet in town lately.

Roel Loopers

SUNSET AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography by freoview on February 13, 2017

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Men standing on the vehicle bridge of a RoRo vessel at Victoria Quay that is offloading hundreds of cars at Fremantle Port today, while the sun sets behind the cranes on North Quay.

The humidity today was more like Bali or Bangkok than Fremantle, but no matter what the weather is every day in Freo is a beaut one.

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BAD PLANNING NO EXCUSE FOR PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 11, 2017

There is an interesting opinion piece by Liberal party fan Paul Murray in the West Australian today about Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Link.

Let me first state that I am sick and tired of politicising the debate about this issue and wished all politicians would stick with the facts because this is an extremely important and very expensive project for WA.

Murray writes that on August 13, 2014 nine senior Fremantle Port and Department of Transport officials plus consultants on transport economies and land use were involved in a workshop, and that the report they published in April 2015 states that the existing harbour will not reach capacity until 2055 and an overflow outer harbour would not be needed until 2038, so another 21 years from now.

The workshop concluded that Fremantle Port’s capacity was 2,1 million TEUs(container units) and not as had been assumed previously only around 1,3 million TEUs.

If Murray reports facts here, and why would he not, this puts a different light on the urgent need to build an outer harbour at Kwinana, but for me the Perth Freight Link still does not make sense, even if an outer harbour is not needed and built the next twenty years.

I disagree with Paul Murray that a major part of the PFL attraction is that is solves the problem of massive traffic congestion south of the river. It does not because the last link will not be built and there will not be a better connection into the port.

What will happen is that the proposed tunnel will spew out thousands of trucks and private cars near Stirling Highway that have nowhere to go but the two already congested bridges to North Fremantle. Traffic chaos in North Freo would be a result of bad government planning and not having been able to find a solution on how to connect Roe 8 and 9 to Fremantle Port.

The Perth Freight Link highway/tunnel is unresolved and until the port connection is solved it should not be built. There will not be better port efficiency because the new road will soon be congested and trucks to the port will end up in long queues at Stirling Highway and in North Fremantle. That in my opinion is bad planning that is politically driven without achieving the essential outcomes it should aim for.

Roel Loopers

ITALIAN FRIGATE VISITS FREO

Posted in fremantle ports, maritime, navy by freoview on January 25, 2017

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The Italian naval frigate Carabiniere entered Fremantle Port this morning and will be open to the public tomorrow on Australia Day from 10-12am and from 2-4 pm.

Go say buongiorno!

Roel Loopers

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VERY QUIET IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, western australia by freoview on January 25, 2017

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I assume it is seasonal but it is very quiet in Fremantle Port at the moment. There was not a single ship in the harbour this morning.

I haven’t seen a cruise ship for a while either, although we were expecting around 60 of them this summer.

Took this photo of the Leeuwin and Maritime Museum yesterday at sunset.

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THE WORLD CAME TO FREMANTLE

Posted in cruiseliner, fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism by freoview on December 13, 2016

 

 

The World, the largest privately owned cruise ship on earth, is in Fremantle Port just behind the railway station.

The ship is a residential community on the high seas and has people from over 40 countries on board.

There are 165 apartments on the super cruiser for high flyers ranging from $ 800,000 to $ 18.1 million for the top of the range penthouse suite.

Stars such as Madonna and Arnold Schwarzenegger own property on the ship that will be in Freo for a few days before sailing of down the south coast of WA.

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BIG CROWD FOR OVATION OF THE SEAS DEPARTURE

Posted in cruiseliner, fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, western australia by freoview on December 7, 2016

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The biggest cruise ship to visit Australia finally left Fremantle Port with an hour delay today because a bigger crane was needed to lift the gangplank due to high tide and a very strong sea breeze, and what an impressive sight the Ovation of the Seas was at 6 pm today when she floated past the Maritime Museum.

It is really nice to see so many people in Fremantle and so many people from all over Perth coming to the port to wave Aussie flags and say goodbye.

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FREMANTLE OVAL TO OCEAN EVOLUTION

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, fremantle ports, local government by freoview on December 7, 2016

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The City of Fremantle Oval to Ocean/Port City Priorities function at the new Coast restaurant at Port Beach on Tuesday night brought a lot of influential people to Fremantle, but Premier Colin Barnett stayed away although he had sent an RSVP.

Here a list of the crème de la crème I saw, but I might have overlooked some big wigs: Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority CEO Kieran Kinsella, Silverleaf’s Gerard O’Brien, Committee for Perth CEO Marion Fulkner, Josh Wilson MP, Matt Taylor MLA, Simone McGurk, Lynn McLaren, Chamber of Commerce CEO Olwyn Williams, Fremantle Port CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter, Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, many business people, Councillors and CoF staff.

The Evolution of Fremantle is Happening Now Mayor Brad Pettitt said, but that was about it as the announcement that the development of Fremantle Oval and South Quay are key priorities of state significance was just a rehash of what already has been in the public realm for years. It was akin to opening a Christmas present and finding books one has already read.

A better station forecourt, moving the bus port east, building a commercial precinct, etc. are already plans Fremantle Ports had for years and went through extensive community consultation, but have been put on hold because of the possible sale of the port.

But let me embrace the Christmas spirit(s) to be more positive about last evening. It is very good when people of that calibre connect and hopefully they will engage and collaborate with the City of Fremantle and assist in shaping our city into a modern and vibrant one. Especially MRA boss Kieran Kinsella could be of great help, but that will require the State Government to allow him to take charge of the South Quay project.

There is no doubt that at present South Quay is underutilised by Fremantle Port and the Passenger Terminal is too far away from the train station, and we witness mainly old people pushing and pulling heavy luggage along either side of the railway line, rain or shine. That is not a great experience and neither is the derelict woolstores building.

I agree that South Quay should become an integrated tourist and commercial precinct, and if port buffer zones can be adjusted it should have a residential component.

Interesting in that regard to hear Labor party leader Mark McGowan in the presence of Simone McGurk on TV yesterday saying that the Passenger Terminal was substandard and South Quay should be developed. Instead of having a whinge I would actually like to hear the Labor leader telling us what he will do for Fremantle, the Perth Freight Link, etc. because being negative about the government is not good enough and we need to see more leadership, ideas, innovations and promises from the Labor leader before the election because most state governments have neglected the port city for many years, so what will a Labor government do for Freo, Mark?!

The Fremantle Oval development is a very important one in connection with the Kings Square project, so I hope the Fremantle Dockers will stop playing silly corporate games of greed and show some class and gratitude instead and hand back the keys unconditionally and without the demand for a large sum of money from the City of Fremantle.

I believe the future of Fremantle is very bright with all the development going on and being planned, but one of the major emphasises of Fremantle Council should be to try to connect better with the community and glue us together so we can all be part of the solutions and evolution.

Roel Loopers

I asked the question what the Labor Party would do if they win government next year, so it is fair to publish the answer as well. This is just a small quote from a Mark McGowan paper on transport, Fremantle Port, outer habour, etc:

• A McGowan Labor Government will work with the City of Fremantle to redevelop South Quay for high-value development including hotels and commercial uses delivering a tourism precinct and a world class cruise ship terminus.

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WELCOME TO FREO OVATION OF THE SEAS!

Posted in cruiseliners, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle, fremantle ports, holiday, tourism by freoview on December 6, 2016

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The Ovation of the Seas, the largest cruise liner to sail into Australia arrived in Fremantle around 6.30 am this morning to the delight of the many onlookers on the North and South moles and Victoria Quay.

The brand-new ship is the fourth-biggest cruise ship in the world and is worth around $ 1 billion. It was launched in April this year.

It has 2090 rooms for 4900 passengers and is 348 metres long.

This season around 60 cruise ships will arrive in Fremantle Port and boosting the WA economy.

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