Freo's View

BATTLING THE FLAG ON SS LEEUWIN

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 27, 2018

 

flag battle

 

Fremantle Port is one of my favourite destinations in Fremantle. I visit it every day.

I love the always changing port with Rottnest ferries coming and going, the arrival and departure of container and massive RoRo ships, and the the great sight of majestic cruise liners.

Especially on weekends hundreds of small pleasure crafts create a buzz of excitement on their way out to the Indian Ocean in the early morning.

Yesterday this young man was struggling high up the mast with the WA flag on the Sailing Ship Leeuwin and that made for an interesting photo.

Roel Loopers

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BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY RUST

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

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I have told you many times that there is a lot of beauty in the ordinary, so I took up the challenge of making ‘art’ out of rust yesterday.

I took these photos of a real rust bucket in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour late afternoon.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder hey.

Roel Loopers

FAR STATESMAN VISITS FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

far statesman

 

The powerful Far Statesman offshore tug supply ship was an impressive sight at C Shed berth in Fremantle Port late yesterday afternoon.

The vessel was specifically designed for anchor handling and towing of offshore platforms.

Roel Loopers

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ICEBREAKER SHIRASE IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2017

 

icebreaker shirase

 

The big Japanese icebreaker Shirase is in Fremantle Port today, so go have a look at it.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARITIME TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

Maritime Day

 

The annual Fremantle Port Maritime Day is on today from 10am to 4pm so make it a family day out in good old Freo!

This is a great event for children as they can visit a tugboat, see a submarine close up, enjoy navy displays, free harbour ride, food, music, entertainment, etc.

One can also visit the Maritime Museum for only a gold coin donation, so that is a substantial saving!

And while at Victoria Quay wander down to the West End to take in the public art of High Tide of the Fremantle Festival.

 

Roel Loopers

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SUNRISE, DOLPHIN, HERON, FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2017

 

port sunrise

 

 

There is something special about being in Fremantle Port early and see the sun rise behind the Maritime Museum.

It was a little bit misty this morning, when a single dolphin was hunting for food and the OOCL Kuala Lumpur, flanked by two tugboats, arrived in the already crowded port.

Out on the South Mole two grumpy-looking Nankeen Herons were wondering what the bearded guy was photographing.

When that was all done I continued with the nice tradition of meeting with my mate Henty at the Moore&Moore cafe, where we are always the first patrons on Saturdays.

Some time later this morning I’ll head back to the West End for another espresso at Chalkys or Studio 37, or the Attic, Hush, or any other of the delightful cafes.

I feel so at home and blessed in our little port city, and I always think how much there is to love about this place, that gets unwarranted negativity too often.

Fremantle ain’t paradise, but we could do a lot worse!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

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UNION NOT HAPPY WITH KWINANA PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 24, 2017

 

Very interesting to read that the WA Labor State Government is clashing with the Maritime Union of Australia because of their commitment to build an outer harbour at Kwinana.

The MUA wants the WA government to delay the building of the new port, which experts say would take at least ten years to realise, because they fear the closure or part closure of Fremantle Ports would create job losses for port workers.

When one looks at the automation of other ports around the world it is highly likely that a new Kwinana port would also heavily rely on automation and would need fewer workers to do the wharf jobs.

The scrapping of the Roe 8 highway and the desire by the City of Fremantle to develop the south quay of the port means a new harbour is probably on the cards in the not too distant future.

But unions do have a huge influence in the Labor party, so nothing is certain until they have sorted out their differences.

 

Roel Loopers

TWICE THE FREO BEAUTY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2017

 

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Another brilliant weekend in Fremantle after a week of heavy rain.

I took these photos of the Maritime Museum at midday today.

How can one not love Freo hey!!!

Roel Loopers

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MARITIME MUSEUM REFLECTIONS

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2017

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There are so many visual aspects to the Fremantle Maritime Museum that it pulls me back a few times a year to discover new angles to take photos from.

I have photographed the modern museum at the port during stunning sunsets and at sunrise during heavy fog, in rain and shine.

Yesterday I shot some reflections.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE D-SHED SPY STATION?

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime by freoview on March 25, 2017

 

Beautiful early light made an interesting photo of the Fremantle Port D-Shed and parts of a Chinese ship at berth behind it this morning.

Roel Loopers

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