Freo's View

NEW WEBSITES FOR FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

The rejuvenation of Fremantle is extending to Fremantle Port as well, with the state government agency having created a new website. In fact there are now two new websites, one for the normal port information and the second one just for Victoria Quay.

Fremantle Ports also have a new manager External Affairs in Neil Stanbury, who replaces the highly motivated and dedicated Ainslie de Vos, who was at the port for over twenty years.

I hope the new manager will direct that Freo’s View will be included in their media releases, which is not happening at the moment, so that I can report more often about what goes on at the port. Send info to roel.loopers@iinet.net.au

The refurbishment of the Passenger Terminal is also in progress, albeit is very slowly. There is still no sign of the new shade structure in front of the old building, although Premier Mark McGowan announced early in March that $ 3 million would be spent on the ageing terminal. Eight months later, and with the cruise ships starting to arrive, there is still no sign of that structure, but there is new signage on the building that lights up at night.

Check out the two new high resolution live harbour cams. One from Monument Hill and the other an aerial view from the top of a mast behind B Shed. Amazing views!

Roel Loopers

CHALLENGER TAFE TO EXPAND

Posted in city of fremantle, education, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018

 

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While Challenger TAFE has not even given me the courtesy of a reply to the questions I sent them last week about this, the word is out that the South Metropolitan TAFE branch in Fremantle Port will expand in the near future to accommodate hundreds more students.

This is very good news for the West End cafes and will help the activation of the area.

I can’t tell you more because it’s all very secret apparently.

 

Roel Loopers

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MASSIVE CRANES CARRIER DEPARTS FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, stevedores, Uncategorized by freoview on September 26, 2018

 

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The Chinese vessel Zhen Hua 24 departed Fremantle Port at sunset on Tuesday evening, heading for Brisbane to deliver one of the massive 50metre-high container cranes there, as she had also done in Fremantle.

The cranes are for DP World operation around Australia and four of them were still onboard when the ship left, which made for a very impressive sight, and is one of the many reasons why I love the working Freo port.

Roel Loopers

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VISIT FREMANTLE’S HISTORIC MUSEUMS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, history, maritime, museum, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018

 

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Not sure what to do on this longs weekend Monday or during the school holidays? Why not visit our great Fremantle museums!

The World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison conducts tours throughout the day, the display at the Shipwrecks Museum about the Dutch history of WA is fascinating, and at 1pm witnessing the cannon fire behind the Roundhouse is a booming experience.

And at the Maritime Museum is a very good exhibition about the French captains Baudain and Freycinet.

Roel Loopers

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NEW CONTAINER CRANE FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2018

 

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I was not aware that the Chinese ship Zhen Hua 24 carrying five huge container cranes had entered Fremantle Port, so it was an amazing sight to see it at berth at North Quay this morning, where it offloaded one of the cranes.

The cranes are 50 metres high and weigh 1200 tonnes and are delivered at DP World stevedores in Australian ports, one of them Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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PAINTING THE PORT RED (and white)

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, painter, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2018

 

 

High up the cherrypicker this painter is painting Fremantle Port a bit red(and white).

Quite an impressive sight, and no doubt he has great views from up there as well. Just don’t spill the red paint as there are many cars parked below behind E Shed. ; >)

Roel Loopers

 

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HISTORIC FRENCH CONNECTIONS AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2018

 

 

Anyone interested in history, especially maritime one, and the discovery of (Western) Australia should not mis the French Connection exhibition at the Fremantle Maritime Museum, that shows the adventures of Captains Baudin and Freycinet.

It is a well designed and very informative show with beautiful images and historic drawings and artefacts.

Roel Loopers

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LIVE SHEEP EXPORT RESUMES FROM FREMANTLE

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2018

 

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It appears that live sheep export is starting again from Fremantle. Two ships were being loaded at North Quay in Fremantle Port this Sunday morning.

Roel Loopers

FRENCH FUN FOR KIDS AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in children, city of fremantle, france, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2018

 

The Fremantle MARITIME MUSEUM offers a weekend of family fun this weekend with French inspired activities as they launch the French Explorers in Western Australia exhibitions season.

Free family events include live music, circus performers, exhibition tours, kids craft activities, face painting, photo opportunities, car displays, and storytelling. And you can also enjoy a delicious range of French inspired food at the Museum café.

Saturday 15 September program:

Little Explorers Story Time (10am and 11am)

Kids Activities : Make a cool Captain’s spyglass or craft your own Rose de Freycinet dress up doll (10am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, Louis de Freycinet: The first map of Australia and his return to France Australe, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (11am)

Face painting with Rosie O (10am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, Finding Uranie & Rose de Freycinet: The Western Australian Museum  in the Falkland Islands, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (1pm)

Live music, featuring Nikki D’Agostino, Perth’s foremost accordionist (2pm-4pm)

Great coffee, pastries, and other delicious treats at the Museum café (11am-4pm)

Sunday 16 September program:

Little Explorers Story Time (10am and 11am)

Face painting with Rosie O (10am-12pm)

All ages Circus Workshop – Explore new skills with the great team from Yip Yip Circus (11am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, The Great Captains: Baudin and Flinders, Hamelin and  de Freycinet, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (11am)

Roving Circus Performance (12.30pm-2.30pm)

Exhibition floor talk, The WA Museum’s French Connection Program: 20-years-old and  so much more to do, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (1pm)

Live music, featuring Voudou Zazou : Traditional French songs and classic jazz (2pm-4pm)

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY IT, FREO-SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, hospitality, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2018

 

 

A nice early morning start to have the traditional Saturday coffee catch up with my mate Henty. This morning it was at the Express Lane cafe in B Shed at the Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay, where I took these photos.

Spring is here and a pleasant Fathers Day forecast for tomorrow, so enjoy the weekend in Fremantle, as the rain will return next week.

Roel Loopers

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