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FERN TO MAKE WAY FOR HIGHWAY UPGRADE

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2018

 

FERN, the Fremantle Environmental Resource Network will be served with a notice that their monthly lease at 26 Montreal Street will be terminated to make way for the upgrade by Main Roads WA of the Stirling Highway/High Street intersection.

FERN has been on the site on a monthly lease since March 2009, so they have been aware for a long time that they will have to move out to accommodate the upgrade of the busy freight link to Fremantle Port.

The community facility will be demolished and the site cleared by the City of Fremantle, but costs for that will be reimbursed by MRWA.

Start for the construction of the intersection upgrade is planned for mid 2019.

Roel Loopers

ROE 8 HIGHWAY ROAD RESERVE TO BE REZONED

 

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The WA State Government will today introduce legislation in Parliament to scrap the  Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 highway extension road reserve, and rezone 86 hectares of the Beeliar Wetlands into parks and recreation in the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

It will be a challenge to get it through the Legislative Council though and might need cross benchers to achieve the goal.

While I welcome the protection of the Beeliar Wetlands I wonder if this move is not premature with the Westport Taskforce handing its first report to the Minister soon, which will state that there are no ‘fatal flaws’ for the expansion of Fremantle Port, Kwinana and Bunbury Port, so road connectivity will have to be part of the considerations to either expand Fremantle Port, or move part of the port operations to Kwinana and/or Bunbury.

Roel Loopers

 

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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CONTAINER CRANE SHIP DELAYS DEPARTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2018

 

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The Zhen Huan 24 was scheduled to leave Fremantle Port at 1.30pm on Friday, but it did not happen, although the mooring ropes had been released and two tug boats were waiting for over an hour.

I wanted to take a photo of the five huge 50-metre-high cranes onboard the ship dwarfing the green lighthouse on the South Mole, but unfortunately that did not eventuate, so I waited in vain for an hour and a half.

I took these two photos instead, the one with the railway station showing why a working port is such a unique attraction for our city.

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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HIGH STREET UPGRADE CONCEPT VISUAL

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2018

 

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Here the latest visual by WA Main Roads of the High Street-Stirling Highway upgrade in Fremantle.

Fremantle Council last night endorsed Main Roads WA’s revised plan for the upgrade of High Street.

The state government last year committed $118 million to upgrade High Street, from Carrington Street to Stirling Highway, to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.

A concept plan released by Main Roads in March included a roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve significant trees, and a new service road for residents on the northern side of High Street.

Following extensive community consultation, underpasses under High Street and Stirling Highway were added to the revised plan to improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

At a special meeting on Wednesday the council endorsed the revised plan and also consented to the excision of land from A Class and C Class reserves along High Street to accommodate the project.

To offset the loss of land from the High Street reserves the council is seeking to exchange it for Main Roads land on Clontarf Hill.

 

Roel Loopers

THE FUTURE OF FREMANTLE PORT FORUM TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2018

 

A large flyer has been put in letterboxes around Fremantle in support of Fremantle Port to continue as a working port.

‘FREMANTLE PORT WORKS’ the anonymous flyer claims, citing a $ 250 million upgrade in 2010 and that the port has the capacity to operate for another 25+ years.

Fremantle Port is currently trading around 700,000 TEUs per year but could handle volumes of 2.2-2.4 million TEUs the flyer claims.

The authors of the flyer also state that in 2017 only 10% of traffic on Tydeman Road were container trucks, and that only 48% of trucks visiting Fremantle Port were laden both at arrival and departure. Trade volumes have increased since 2015 but truck movements have decreased, the flyer screams in bold type.

We don’t need a new port in Kwinana that would destroy forever the environmentally sensitive Cockburn Sound, the authors write.

It shows that the deliberations by the WESTPORT taskforce about a new port and scaling down or closing Fremantle Port as a container port are emotive issues in our community, so the forum this evening at the Fremantle Townhall will hopefully shed some light on the facts and fiction of a new port and the future of Fremantle Port.

The forum is on TODAY from 6-8pm. See you there!

Roel Loopers

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TWO UNDERPASSES FOR PORT LINK

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

There will be a special Fremantle Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss Main Roads proposal for the High Street roundabout and safer freight connectivity to Fremantle Port.

The proposal is meant to make the trip for trucks to and from Fremantle Port faster, safer and easier, while also addressing pedestrian safety by putting two underpasses under the road, one at the Montreal/High street intersection and one near Forrest Street under Stirling Highway.

The widening of the road will have an impact on the Royal Fremantle and public golf courses, and Booyeembara Park, and will also affect FERN and the Frank Gibson Park.

A slip street at High Street for traffic travelling to the city from the east will make that journey a bit easier as well.

Fremantle Council will ask for Main Roads land at Clontarf Hill to compensate for the loss of green space the widening of the road will cause.

The Special Council meeting on Wednesday was also going to deal with the tenders for the civic centre, but that item has been scratched, so the only item on the agenda is the High Street/Stirling Highway Upgrade Project.

 

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL SUPPORTS WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2018

 

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It is timely that Fremantle Council re-affirmed on Wednesday its commitment to retaining a working port in Fremantle, in light of a community forum about it this coming Wednesday.

Council believes that the movement of up to 1 milli0n containers annually is viable in Fremantle Port, but would like to see other freight, such as live trade and vehicles, transferred elsewhere as soon as possible, while improving cruise ship facilities is seen as essential.

Here are details about the forum:

IS FREMANTLE’S FUTURE A PORT CITY?
Community Forum at Fremantle Town Hall
Wednesday August 29th from 6 – 8pm

Organisations usually more practiced at bargaining against each other are coming together for a community forum to answer the question if Fremantle’s future is a port city.

As part of the Westport process to look at the future trade needs for West Australia, a diverse range of experts on freight movements, port operations, and port/logistics planners, will each deliver short presentations on the ability of Fremantle Port to handle our growing trade task before taking questions from the community.

This forum will be the first time in the Westport process the Fremantle community will be able to hear from, and ask questions of, experts with decades of port, freight, and logistical experience.

Panellists for the forum include:

1. Tim Collins – Westport Project Director
2. Dr. Brad Pettitt – Mayor of Fremantle
3. Eric Englund – Rail and Port Designer with over 30 years’ experience
4. Allan Gray – President, International Harbour Masters Association & Fremantle Port Harbourmaster
5. Cam Dumesny – CEO Western Roads Federation
6. Tim Dawson – TWU State Secretary
7. Paul Haig – Rail Intermodal Group (TBC)
8. Stefan Reynolds – DPW Fremantle GM (TBC)
9. Peter Cassidy – Patrick Terminal GM, Fremantle (TBC)
10. Tim Barlow – Small business owner & founding member of the snapper guardians
11. Adrian Evans – MUA Deputy Secretary WA

WESTPORT COMMUNITY SESSIONS IN JULY

 

A series of community information sessions will take place throughout July, giving community members an opportunity to learn more about the Westport Strategy.

Westport was established by the McGowan Labor government to establish the best location for a new port once Fremantle Port has reached its capacity.

The six interactive sessions will be held in Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, where community members can drop in to find out more about the land use, transport, environmental and economic issues being considered in the development of the strategy.

The sessions will build on previous feedback provided by the community, which is summarised in the consultation report ‘Westport: What you have told us’.

All feedback received at the sessions will be used to inform the next discussion paper, which will be released for comment later this year.

Once complete, the Westport Strategy will fulfil an election commitment to plan solutions for port and freight related transport issues in Western Australia to meet the needs and expectations of the community and industry into the future.

Details of the location and timing for each information session are available on the Department of Transport’s website at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport

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