Freo's View

FREMANTLE WELCOMES VISITORS

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2019

 

tourist info

 

Good to see the City of Fremantle putting a few more signs up to make tourists aware of the Visitor Centre at Kings Square.

The first cruiseship of the season will be arriving tomorrow morning at 6.30am.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on FREMANTLE WELCOMES VISITORS

FREMANTLE HOME PORT FOR VASCO DA GAMA CRUISES

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on June 29, 2019

 

Fantastic to hear that Cruise&Maritime Voyages have announced that Fremantle will be the home port for the 1220 passengers Vasco da Gama cruise ship for their inaugural Australasian cruises 2019/20.

Princess Cruises already committed to Fremantle as their home port in Australia, so it looks like Freo will have a busy cruise season this coming summer.

Roel Loopers

FREO CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDED THIS WEEK

 

DSC_3595

 

The Fremantle cruise ship season for this summer ended this week when the Viking left Fremantle Port on Thursday.

There were 35 cruise ship calls to Fremantle, which annually bring around 88,000 passengers to town with an estimated value to Fremantle of $ 235 million.

Shuttle buses from the Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay to Kings Square were provided by the City of Fremantle, where they were greeted by tourist guides from the Visitor Centre, while roaming visitor guides walked around the inner city to give out information and street maps.

There were several ships who arrived on a maiden journey to Freo, including the huge MSC Magnifica pictured above.

The next cruise ship will arrive on October 20.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on FREO CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDED THIS WEEK

CRUISE SHIPS ON MAIDEN TRIPS TO FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 3, 2019

 

Silver Muse

 

The Silver Muse which arrived in Fremantle Port this morning is one of three cruise ships this month that will make a maiden call to our city. The ship is 213 metres long and carries 596 passengers.

Also sailing into Freo in March are the MSC Magnifica on the 26th and the Viking Sun on the 28th.

The Magnifica is 294 metres long and can comfortably accommodate 2,550 guests, but can take more if the bookings go crazy.

The Viking Sunset carries 930 passengers and is 743 feet long.

Keep an eye out for them!

Roel Loopers

 

 

Comments Off on CRUISE SHIPS ON MAIDEN TRIPS TO FREMANTLE

CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

There is still very little news to report in good old meditating Freo, so a few photos of some of the cruise ships that visit Fremantle Port.

Yesterday at 5pm the relatively small Astor departed, and an hour after her the Maasdam, which carries 1,258 passengers and is 220-metres long.

This morning at 9am the 216-metre long Seven Seas Mariner arrived with 700 passengers and 445 crew. It will depart Fremantle again early this evening.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

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

Comments Off on NEW WEBSITES FOR FREMANTLE PORT

NEW SEALINK FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

sealink

 

It was very busy, and a bloody cold wind, in Fremantle Port early this morning when the new Sealink Rottnest Island ferry Quokka I left for the island.

The big cruiseliner Voyager of the Seas had just arrived in port, and a navy frigate was also at berth at Victoria Quay, while North Quay was busy with container ships and a livestock carrier.

The cafe at B Shed has a new operator and staff so go and try them out while watching the ships entering and leaving port, and keep an eye out for dolphins who come into the harbour daily.

On  different note, I am delighted to read that the former Quod prison cells on Rottnest will no longer be used as tourist accommodation.

The Quod was an inhumane gaol for Aboriginal people in the mid 1800s and 10 per cent of prisoners died there.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on NEW SEALINK FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

PASSENGER TERMINAL NOT PART OF PORT SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on April 20, 2016
Even the great Charles Yelverton O'Connor appears concerned about the plans for Fremantle Port.

Even the great Charles Yelverton O’Connor appears concerned about the plans for Fremantle Port.

 

 

Fremantle Councillor Jon Strachan alerted me to the presentation by WA Treasurer Mike Nahan to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday, where he told the 100 strong crowd that the Passenger Terminal and all land to the east of it at South Wharf would not be part of the sale of Fremantle Port.

The land would developed by an MRA-style project management group and also allow for community access to the area west of the railway bridge.

Under the present buffer zone rules around Fremantle Ports that land could not be developed for residential use and I wonder if that would be a great idea anyway as it is very close to train noise.

Where would they put the new passenger terminal though? Would it be part of the contract with those who lease the port for 49 years to build a new passenger terminal west of the present one, closer to the CBD and how would that be enforced, or would it have to be part of the new development and even further away from the CBD? I doubt it would be considered to be safe to let the massive cruise ships turn around so close to the old traffic bridge though so a new passenger terminal would more likely be near the present Rottnest ferry terminal at B Shed.

There is possibly a need for a new and stronger railway bridge in the future and also for a new traffic bridge with more lanes, so any development in the area needs to be done with that in mind.

Roel Loopers

 

%d bloggers like this: