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WHAT ARE THE FACTS ABOUT MSC MAGNIFICA?

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, health, Uncategorized by freoview on March 24, 2020

 

 

The MSC Magnifica cruiseliner episode has been a bit of a shambles, with Premier Mark McGowan, the health minister and police commissioner yesterday all claiming during a national telecast that the ship carried over 250 passengers with respiratory problems, and hence the ship would not be allowed in Fremantle Port.

The Premier said the State was in contact with the Homes Affairs minister and that the Defence Force might be needed to help out, as it was too big for the State to handle.

But yesterday afternoon MSC put out a media statement saying that none of the passengers on board had Covid-19 related health issues.

What really are the facts, one has to wonder, with the West Australian claiming it had created ‘mass panic’ which is well over the top and irresponsible reporting. Yes, there was some angst in the Freo community, but it is pretty easy to keep passengers and crew aboard a ship and not let them disembark.

It did however create issues, with a whole Covid-19 ward at Charles Gairdner Hospital being emptied to cope with the expected mass influx of sick passengers. The patients on the ward were transferred to the Osborne Park Hospital.

It is quite clear that there is a lot of anxiety and misinformation in the community. Too many people make unsubstantiated claims on social media, and of course everyone has got an opinion, no matter if that is based on facts or not.

We need to learn to relax and accept the situation we are in, as it could take six months or longer before we are trying to get back to normal. Rumours and conspiracy are not helpful and neither is panic.

Roel Loopers

SPECIAL FREO DEALS FOR CRUISE CREWS

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle port, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2020

 

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While the Majestic Princess cruise ship left Fremantle yesterday the Radiance of the Sea entered our port this morning, so there is a lot of cruise activity in Freo.

It is good to know that the special offers available under a City of Fremantle program targeting the crews of visiting cruise ships have been extended until the end of the year.

The City’s Crew Friendly program provides cruise ship crew with both a digital and hard copy brochure about where to access essential supplies and services like groceries, clothes, pharmacies and health clinics, as well as a guide to local restaurants, bars, entertainment and visitor attractions.

The program also allows local businesses to offer discounts and deals to crew who show their Crew ID.

The special deals offered through the Crew Friendly program for this cruise season will now be available to the large number of cruise ships being diverted to Fremantle outside of the normal cruise season due to concerns about coronavirus.

“Making more of the opportunities associated with cruise ships is a key priority flagged within the Destination Marketing Strategic Plan we launched last year,” Mayor Brad Pettitt said.

“While cruise ship passengers make an important contribution to the local Fremantle economy, it’s important not to overlook the crew.

“There are often a thousand or more crew on the larger ships, and most of them disembark in destinations to restock personal supplies, take some well-earned R&R or simply find Wi-Fi to connect with home.

“Crew are also much more independent and unlikely to be on pre-booked tours, so they are more likely to explore the city and spend in local businesses. We’ll be reaching out to the operators of all of the additional ships to make them aware of the program and to give local traders more of an opportunity to grow their business.”

The Crew Friendly deals are listed on the visitfremantle.com.au website and participating businesses are provided with a ‘Crew Friendly’ poster to put up in their shop windows.

A special link is included in the brochure to direct crew to the deals website.

Businesses wishing to participate in the program can do so by contacting marketing@fremantle.wa.gov.au with their offer or discount.

The City of Fremantle also provides cruise ship arrival alerts so businesses can stay up to date with what ships are arriving and when. Businesses can receive these alerts by simply subscribing to the City’s This is Business e-newsletter.

Roel Loopers

CRUISE LINERS CALL FREO HOME

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on January 16, 2020

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Great to hear that the Vasco Da Gama cruiseliner, which visited Fremantle Port for the first time this week will be calling Fremantle home port for this season, and be making five voyages from here.

The Sun Princess also has Fremantle Port as her home port, so that is very important for Freo’s traders.

Cruise ship visits contributed $ 229 million to Western Australia’s economy in 2018-19.

Roel Loopers

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NEW WELCOME FOR FREMANTLE CRUISE PASSENGERS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018

 

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The cruise ship Astor arrived in Fremantle Port today, so that gave me the opportunity to have a close up look at the new shade structure in front of the Passenger Terminal.

It looks pretty good I reckon and provides plenty of shade.

I am an impatient SOB, so would not wait for the morning light that would create better photos, so here the shots I took around 3pm today.

Roel Loopers

FIRST CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruiseship, fremantle ports, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2018

 

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The first cruise liner of the summer season arrived in Fremantle Port this morning. The Sea Princess started her circumnavigation of Australia in Sydney and will continue this evening north along the WA coast.

It is a shame that the new shade structure, promised by Premier Mark McGowan several months ago, has still not been installed, but the two huge shade umbrellas that used to be there were removed months ago, so no shade for the passengers.

Nice to see that Councillor Rachel Pemberton  has joined the Fremantle Visitors Guides. I saw her up at the Roundhouse, which I opened an hour earlier at 9.30am to accommodate all the international visitors. It was a lovely day in the sun.

Roel Loopers

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FACELIFT FOR FREMANTLE PASSENGER TERMINAL

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

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The Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay will get a $ 3 million facelift this year with works starting this month.

There have been complaints from passengers and cruise ship operators about the heritage building which was built in 1960 and refurbished about twenty years ago.

The McGowan government will erect a new large canopy over the entrance to provide shade and shelter from the elements, the building will be painted and permanent screens will be put in front of the large windows.

144,000 cruiseline passengers arrived in Fremantle last financial year.

The facelift will do nothing though about passengers having to lug their luggage along either side of the railway line rain or shine and the ugly footbridge they have to conquer.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS PROFIT RISE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime by freoview on October 5, 2016

One has to wonder why the WA government is so keen to sell profitable Fremantle Port that made a $ 52.3 million profit, a rise of 9 per cent, last financial year although there was a dip in trade.

Container trade was down by 3.8 per cent and bulk loading at the outer harbour at Kwinana was also down.

Cruise ship visits increased to 58 ships and 152,734 passengers and this year 60 tourist ships will visit Fremantle.

It is estimated Fremantle Port is worth $ 2.4 billion.

 

Roel Loopers

NEW HOTEL FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle, hospitality, tourism by freoview on April 14, 2016

Fantastic news for Fremantle today that the ADINA group will build a $ 120 million, 142 room apartment hotel on the Woolstores shopping centre site owned by Freo-based company Silverleaf. The shopping centre will also be upgraded.

The hotel will mainly feature one bed apartments, 60 studios and a few two bed rooms.

Construction will start next year and completion will be in 2018.

This is extremely good news for Fremantle after the delay of the Hilton Doubletree hotel development at Point Street, which might not happen at all when a new hotel is being built just over the road.

The Adina Hotel operators hope to take advantage of the cruise ship industry and people attending conferences in Fremantle.

All we need now is for the Department of Housing announcing they will move into Kings Square and Fremantle would be well under way of economic recovery and support for our retailers and hospitality industry.

My real big hope now is that we will get an exceptionally beautiful building on the Woolstores site. Come on Gerard O’Brien, you and Silverleaf can do it!!!

Roel Loopers

 

 

FREMANTLE CITY REINVENTING THE PORT DEVELOPMENT WHEEL

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle ports by freoview on April 9, 2016

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There is an interesting report by Kent Acott in the weekend West Australian today about the City of Fremantle’s plans for Victoria Quay, which the consultants call South Quay.

The report by MacroPlan Demasi for the City of Fremantle is interesting because it basically is nothing new and the plans ‘revealed’ have been debated for quite some time in Fremantle.

The report wants waterfront homes and a cruise ship terminal of international standards and claims it could make the State Government $ 946 millions over twenty years.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the West Australian that this could be a special project for the W.A. bicentennial celebrations in 2029.

During the Victoria Quay development community consultations the idea of a convention centre, entertainment area, retail, office space, etc. all came up, so I see no need to again pay an external consultant fees for this and reinvent the wheel. With the present buffer zones in place residential or hotel development along Victoria Quay is not possible.

There are extensive plans by Fremantle Ports for Victoria Quay designed after very good community consultation by Fremantle based architects CODA. This involved stakeholders such as the City of Fremantle, Public Transport Authority, Chamber of Commerce, etc, so why the COF needed another report is hard to understand. I wonder if we will be told how much the report cost Fremantle ratepayers.

Roel Loopers

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