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STUNNING FREMANTLE HERITAGE REFLECTION

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

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Regular readers of Freo’s View know that I love taking photos of reflections. I do it ‘to keep my eye in’ and to always be very observant and aware of my surroundings.

I took the photo above this morning in Cliff Street of the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC building reflected in the roof and windscreen of a red car. It’s upside down of course.

Fremantle Heritage Week is on next week, so check out the printed program. They are available at the Roundhouse, Fremantle Library and elsewhere.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT STUNNING SUNRISE

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

 

sunrise port

 

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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MSC SHOWS RESPECT FOR FREO’S HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2018

 

MSC

 

The Mediterranean Shipping Company is justifiably proud about the renovations they did on the beautiful old building on the corner of Cliff and Phillimore streets in Fremantle.

Last month they added the lovely cupola on top of the tower and on the weekend they hoisted the bright MSC flag above the building.

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

 

terminal

 

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

 

 

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

LITTLE DOVE BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, heritage, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

Duyfken

 

The replica of the historic Dutch sailing ship DUYFEN is back in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, at the back of Little Creatures.

The Duyfken was the first known European ship to reach Australia, 164 years before Captain Cook and 10 years before Dirk Hartog.

Roel Loopers

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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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

 

Awassi hero shot

 

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

 

NEW SPANISH PORT FACILITIES GOOD FOR FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2018

 

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is considering spending millions of dollars on building new port facilities south of Fremantle at Henderson.

The new port would service big LNG tankers and navy vessels, but it would need to make substantial expansion to the dry dock facilities.

At present the multinational oil and gas  giants mostly send their LNG tankers to Singapore for maintenance, but Navantia believes they could do that closer to the oil and gas fields on the WA west coast.

It would be nice to create more employment close to Fremantle as that might trigger residential relocation of workers to our port city.

Interesting to note a protest leaflet by the Maritime Union of Australia against the push for a new outer harbour at Kwinana by Kwinana Mayor Carol Adam. The MUA claims it would cost 6,000 jobs and that Fremantle Port believes a new port is not needed until 2035-2040.

It is very busy in Freo Port today with two cruiseliners I had not seen before; the Europa and the Seven Seas Navigator are at berth at Victoria Quay and three container ships and one RoRo vessel at North Quay.

Roel Loopers

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