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VERY BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2018

 

 

It is a very busy day at Fremantle Port this Friday with ten vessels at berth.

At Victoria Quay there are three cruise liners, the delayed Regatta that was supposed to sail out last evening, the Astor, and the Silver Shadow, which arrived just after 1 pm.

There is also a RoRo vessel and two supply ships at Victoria Quay.

At North Quay there are three container ships and one scrap metal vessel.

Lots of pleasure boats also passing through the port plus the Rottnest Island ferries.

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HIGHER SUBSIDY FOR FREO PORT FREIGHT BY RAIL

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2017

 

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In an effort to get more freight on rail and fewer trucks on the road Transport Minister Rita Saffioto has announced that the WA state government will increase the rail subsidy for freight operators to Fremantle Port, to rise from $ 30 to $ 50 per twenty-foot container.

This is the result of the cancellation of the Perth Freight Link by the new Labor government.

The minister said the subsidy would be paid for all loaded containers that move between North Quay Rail Terminal, Forresfield and Kwinana, as well as for containers filled with hay that are received by rail at NQRT for export.

“The rail service plays a significant role in achieving greater efficiency in the container supply chain as well as improving community amenity and environmental benefits along metropolitan roads that link to Fremantle Port,” Saffioti said.

The state government has also formed the Westport taskforce that will investigate a new outer harbour at Kwinana and related issues..

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A NEW PORT OR A PIPE DREAM?

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2017

 

The outer harbour forum at Fremantle Victoria Hall was an interesting event and the hall was packed full, so there is clearly strong community interest in finding solutions for a better way on how WA deals with freight and port related transport and issues.

I was impressed with the presentation of Nicole Lockwood, the independent chair of the newly created WESTPORT.

She said the Kwinana outer harbour and issues related with it would be one of the longest planning exercises in WA, as the outcome would be looking after the State’s freight for the next 50-100 years.

The reference group was very broad and inclusive and relied on participation, input and ideas from all levels of the industries, government departments and community.

It is about planning a modern port, land and transport plans, assessing commercial aspects, identifying industrial opportunities, and maximising compatibility.

There is huge land access at Kwinana and Bunbury that can be utilised.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have a rational conversation on how to transition part of the port activity to Kwinana as there is an opportunity to rethink the south side of the harbour.

There needs to be a better port to city connection and either upgrade the passenger terminal or build a new one further west with better access to the city.

Pettitt said Fremantle Council wanted to keep Fremantle as a working port as long as possible.

Infrastructure advisor Cameron Edwards said WA needed to offer a competitive international product and that a new outer harbour would create significant value to pay off the State’s debt.

Fremantle Port was a ‘stranded asset’ and the rail link under-utilised. Kwinana would be able to handle much longer trains than Fremantle, where the maximum length is only 690 metres.

The creation of a large industrial park and special economic trading zone at Kwinana would stimulate the WA economy. Kwinana is where the money is and that has significant advantage, Edwards said.

Fremantle deserves world-class facilities and there are great examples around the world how well we can rejuvenate old ports.

A new port would create 18,000 new jobs while the status quo would not create any new jobs.

Professor Phil Jennings spoke at length about serious environmental problems in Cockburn Sound in the past and that there are still areas where seagrass is dying and the pollution is bad, but with proper conditions and management in place the outer harbour could be acceptable.

Professor Peter Newman said we should create Lithium Valley at Kwinana as we have already eight lithium mines in WA and it is a growth industry. We should not just be exporting our lithium though but build the batteries here in WA.

Nicole Lockwood said it was going to be a huge jigsaw puzzle and a dynamic exercise to understand the constraints and opportunities of a new outer harbour.

I walked away wondering how realistic all this is, as we just had Fremantle Port wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars planning for the sale of the port, now the new Labor government is changing that all around with absolutely no guarantee that a future Liberal government will not scrap the plans again.

The reality will be that the construction of an outer harbour will not start in the next ten years because Fremantle Port is not anywhere near capacity and WA is broke. The ‘overflow port’ won’t really be needed for another 15-20 years. 

Building lithium batteries in WA is highly unrealistic because labour costs here are far too high to be internationally competitive.

And keeping a working port at North Quay while developing Victoria Quay is unfortunately also unrealistic because of the buffer zones at the port and safety and security issues. That means there can’t be residential or hotel development, so all that could be done is commercial activity of retail and offices.

While strategic long-term planning for our state is important it is essential to be extremely realistic about what can be achieved and what will remain just another pipedream.

 

Roel Loopers

INTRIGUING ART AT PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

 

There is an intriguing art exhibition by Gwenael Velge on at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle.

The show is excellent and well worth a visit, although I have no idea what it is about.

Simulation/Simulcra/Sisyphus is a show of aerial photographs of containers in port and installations; local landscapes-reality-meaning.

There are futuristic-looking boxes and CD disks, and a harness to strap on your back and you supposedly can fly away in it, maybe suggesting the aerial photos were not taken from a drone or helicopter.

It is a journey of discovery in the great huge art space, and it did not matter to me that I was lost to understand the meaning of it all, as it did not seem to matter.

Go and have a look for yourselves and let me know what you thought of it!

 

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UNION TRUTH ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

I was given a copy of an eight-page flyer The Truth About The Flawed Outer Harbour Plan, written by the Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch secretary and National President Christy Cain.

It’s always good to try to see all sides of an argument, so let’s have a look at the facts the MUA published in the leaflet.

# The MUA claims that Fremantle Port is only running at 50% capacity and that there is no need for a premature costly duplication of the port at Kwinana.

# The MUA supports the long-term vision of an overflow port at Kwinana when it is needed, but say it is not needed yet, and that the volume at Fremantle Port has been falling for some time.

# The proposed cap on Fremantle Port is lower than the current volume and would be anticompetitive, the union claims. It would prevent the current terminal operators to grow.

# 90% of containers to and from the port are on the road between 6am-6pm Monday to Friday. The port operates 24/7 but nearly all containers are handled in just 35% of all the hours available.

# Better coordination of road transport, plus general decline in volume has seen a 11% reduction in truck visits to Fremantle Port over the last two years.

# Rail is underutilised as is handles only 14.5% of containers, while it is designed to carry 30% of container traffic.

# The MUA says that if the outer harbour was built now, 20-30 years before it is needed, it would add $ 10 billion to the construction cost, making it a $ 15-16 billion dollar dud, that would cause a dramatic increase to freight costs.

# Fremantle Port supports 2,000 direct employees and an estimated total workforce of 6,000 direct and indirect employees servicing the port.

# The outer harbour would be automated and would have less jobs than Fremantle Port.

# Government Treasury predicts another 25 years of growth potential for Fremantle Port. It stated that artificial capping would result in earlier capital investment in the Outer Harbour and related road and rail infrastructure-imposing an unnecessary financial burden on the WA Government, container trades and the community.

If you have any questions it is best to contact the MUA as I won’t have the answers.

 

Roel Loopers

SURREAL FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2017

 

 

There is something surreal about the palm trees and containers in the industrial Fremantle Port and they create interesting photos I believe.

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CONTAINERS GALORE AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime by freoview on March 16, 2017

 

The arrival yesterday afternoon of the container ship Carl Schulte in Fremantle Port was pretty impressive. The vessel was packed full loaded with containers stacked eight high.

The Carl Schulte is 255 metres long and 37.3 metres wide and has a container capacity of 14t(TEU).

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CURTIN AVE TO REMAIN FREIGHT LINK TO FREO PORT

Posted in freight, fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on October 11, 2016

Plans by the Mainroads Department to put a tunnel from Stock Road under the Swan River, Dalkeith and Nedlands to connect with Mount Claremont, indicate that Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway will remain an important freight link even if the Perth Freight Link is built.

The plans show a widening of Fremantle’s Curtin Avenue to four lanes for its full length to West Coast Highway. “Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway are classified as a major freight route and form part of the northerly freight route from the Fremantle Inner Harbour to the northern suburbs, the Subiaco POST reports.

The plans are open for comment until October 28.

Curtin Avenue would be extended to link with Stirling Highway near the North Fremantle Primary School.

This is a part of the Perth and Peel strategic land use plan that aims to achieve 3.5 million people in the region by 2050, although recent numbers have shown a slowing of people moving to WA and many moving away since the mining downturn.

STOP PRESS! Transport Minister Bill Marmion has just announced the State Government signed two contracts worth $ 450 million for the extension of Roe 8 Highway and a Stock Road interchange. The Minister told the media this morning that he hoped construction could start before Christmas this year.

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FREMANTLE PORT MINIMALISM

Posted in art, containers, fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, photography, western australia by freoview on September 28, 2016

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I love industrial, mining and architectural photography, and am much better at taking photos of man-made things than of nature. It is probably because there is a sense of order that suits my liking of minimalism.

Sadly my times as a commercial photographer seem to have come to an end as I am out of the loop and very bad at promoting myself, so I am keeping my eye in by taking photos every day of things I discover while enjoying the great city of Fremantle and surrounds.

I took this photo at Rous Head at Fremantle Ports this morning.

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SOOPERB INSPIRATION FOR RAINBOW PHOTOS

Posted in art, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on September 26, 2016

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My good friend and fellow seeker of light Lismore photographer Andrew Sooby’s recent stunning photo on Facebook of the new Fremantle Rainbow sculpture inspired me to go back yesterday when the sky was blue and the sun was shining, to take a few more photos of the magnificent artwork on Beach Reserve by Marcus Canning.

It is a very overcast and dreary day today, so we need some colour, and Andrew is a Pom so this is my colourful birthday card for his beloved Queen.

Thanks for the inspiration Andrew!

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