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SHEEP, SHEEP AHOY

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2020

Port cranes

 

When I walk around Fremantle I tend to travel light with just one camera with a short zoom lens, but when I drove onto the South Mole yesterday afternoon to take photos of the Al Kuwait sheep ship I took a 300mm lens with me and also took this impressive photo of the huge port cranes.

The court case by animal rights activists was lost and the Al Kuwait can be loaded with some 50,000 sheep and is scheduled to depart Fremantle Port tomorrow.

Roel Loopers

AL KUWAIT HOT TRIP FOR 50,000 SHEEP

 

Al Kuwait

 

The Al Kuwait livestock ship has moved from Victoria Quay to North Quay in Fremantle Port, to be loaded with 50,000 sheep before her departure to the Middle East on Wednesday.

The sheep carrier arrived in Fremantle with 21 of her 48 crew members being diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus, so they were sent for self isolation to a Perth hotel. The last six cases recovered over the weekend, so the ship can now sail.

It is controversial that the Federal Government allowed the departure with thousands of sheep on board, because there is an Australian ban on live export during the hot summer months in the northern hemisphere.

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PICTURES OF THE WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2020

 

port 2

port 1

 

A few different photos of Fremantle Port, taken from the old traffic bridge yesterday. The container ship is not actually on the railway bridge of course. ;>))

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AL KUWAIT CREW ON BOARD SINCE DECEMBER

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, fremantle ports, health, LIVESTOCK, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2020

Al Kuwait

 

If it is true that the crew of the Al Kuwait have not been allowed off the live sheep ship since December, it is a worry.

I received this interesting comment to the blog from Ivana C S, and if this is correct how did the people on the Al Kuwait get Covid-19 when they have not disembarked since December, as Ivana C S claims?

My dad is a cook on this ship. He went to work there before Covid was reported to China. Since December he, and the rest of the crew were not allowed to disembark in any port. Even they don’t know how this happened! He is now in a hotel waiting for test results. I need to say this too, he was supposed to come back in March…because of worldwide lockdown he is still working. So…. no crew were walking the streets of Fremantle… this is a great shock to as all. Greetings from Croatia.

Roel Loopers

CONTAINERS ON THE LEASH

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

Leash

 

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

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FREMANTLE PORT!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime by freoview on May 4, 2020

 

 

1897 Official Opening of Fremantle Harbour

 

Today 123 years ago on May 4, 1897 Fremantle Port was opened with the arrival of the steamer Sultan.

Below a few parts of the article that was published in the West Australian a day later.

A SMOOTH, NAVIGABLE CHANNEL.

Yesterday an important ceremony was performed at Fremantle, when the first large ocean-going steamer, the Sultan, under command of Captain F. Pitts, steamed into the river in the smooth water which now lies where quite recently lay the formidable rooky bar of the Swan.

Although the ceremony was not official, it was dignified by the presence of the Premier(Sir John Forrest) and Lady Forrest, Mr. F. H. Piesse (Commissioner of Railways’Und Director of Public Works) and many members of both Houses of Parliament and public officials.

As the river is now practically open to ocean-going steamers it may be assumed that the gathering which assembled on board the Holt liner yesterday morning inaugurated the useful career for which the Fremantle harbour scheme has been designed.

As an omen of the altered state of things that is to be, the main Fremantle pier yesterday was almost bare of shipping. The three vessels alongside indicated by their display that they were, however, fully alive to the importance of the event of which the day was to witness the celebration.

On approaching the entrance the helm was taken by Lady Forrest, under whose guidance the Sultan steamed accurately along the new channel, and amidst the cheers of hundreds of spectators arrived at the south quay at noon.

POPULAR FREMANTLE PORT WALKS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2020

 

port walks

 

Good to see that the Fremantle Ports Port Walks are very popular. I stumbled across one this morning.

The history of the port is fascinating, so join a tour when they conduct them again. More Port Walks in May, June and Sept – watch social media for when bookings open, but be quick!

In Fleet Street the TAFE buildings are getting new corrugated iron, so they will look really good again soon, thanks to Fremantle Ports.

Don’t forget the Paint the Port day next Saturday March  14!

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PAINT THE PORT WITH YOUR CAMERA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2020

 

Paint the Port

 

Paint the Port on March 14 is a great event for everyone who likes to take photos, and the colour does not matter. You can paint the port red, yellow, blue or green, or all of the above, as long as you come up with a creative image.

Think about different locations and angles for your photos, take them very early in the morning, late in the afternoon, or at night, and make sure to investigate angles at Roushead and the North Mole for different perspectives of our working port. The sunrise shots taken from the South Mole can also be fantastic.

There is also an art competition, so start painting, make collages, drawings, etc.

You can enter your photos and artworks well before March 14, but also on the day, as there are different prizes.

Check out all the details: http://www.fremantleports.com.au/news/paint-the-port

And the good news is that I’ll be judging the photo comp, so absolutely everyone I know will win a prize, and that is half of Freo. ; >) Only joking. May the best woman/man/boy/girl win! Good luck. Dare to be different!

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MUA NEW PORT ATTACK ON MEMBER FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized, Westport taskforce by freoview on February 1, 2020

 

MUA

 

Fremantle wharfies are not happy with plans for a new port at Kwinana, so the Maritime Uniion of Australia(MUA) have put a full page advertisement in the Fremantle Herald attacking our local member Minister Simone McGurk.

The MUA claims it will cost 8,000 Freo jobs, and that it would be a broken election promise by the Labor party, who stated they would keep Fremantle a working port.

It is still very premature as the final report of the Westport Taskforce has not been completed and the government has yet to make a decision, but all indications are that the first three preferred options of the taskforce are to move the port to Kwinana and leave Fremantle for cruiseships, and I too would be disappointed about that.

There is no doubt that a new port would be largely automated, so fewer jobs for wharfies, but it is probably a good idea for the MUA to sit down with the stevedore companies and state government to make sure wharfies are being retrained to whatever new jobs will become available.

I have stated it many time that I love the working port in Fremantle and the huge cranes on North Quay, and a new port will be at least 10-15 years away if and when the labor government decide yo build one near Kwinana, so I won’t be seeing it.

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SAVE FREMANTLE’S PORT BEACH!

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

 

SHIP

 

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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