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ARTY ANCHORS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

I had an early morning stroll through Fremantle’s beautiful West End and the port and took some photos of these arty anchors, which are part of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale 2019.

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PORT BIENNALE SIGNS OF OUR TIME

Posted in art, Fremantle Biennale, fremantle ports, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2019

 

 

I had a walk around Victoria Quay this morning to look at more of the Sam Bloor Billboard Project for the Fremantle Biennale 2019.

While there I bumped into my old mate John Malaga, the project supervisor of Fremantle Ports, who was watering the palm tree that is also part of the Biennale.

The container show is also on Victoria Quay and shows how much the containerisation of the ports changed the way we handle freight.

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PHOTOS OF FREO’S MARITIME DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2019

 

 

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After an early heavy shower the sun came out just in time for the popular Fremantle Ports Maritime Day, so here a slide show of the photos I took of it.

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MARITIME DAY AT FREMANTLE PORT TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2019

Nov 2. Maritime Day

 

The annual Fremantle Ports MARITIME DAY is on Victoria Quay from 10am till 4pm today so go and enjoy the Navy band, the Sheean submarine, boat rides , stalls, big container trucks, the container exhibitions, etc.

It is a fun day and a good way to express our support for the working Fremantle Port. See you there!

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CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS TO FREO STATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2019

 

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Many Fremantle people have made comments about the poor cruiseship passengers having to push and pull their luggage  rain or shine along either side of the railway line to the Fremantle train station, so it is good to receive this message from Fremantle Ports:

Fremantle Ports is now providing a free shuttle bus service between the Fremantle Passenger Terminal and the Fremantle Train Station for cruise passengers leaving or boarding turnaround cruise ships calls (where there is a complete passenger exchange and most passengers are locals).

The service will start this Friday when Sun Princess is visiting. The City of Fremantle already provides a shuttle bus service for passengers on transit cruises (passengers just here for the day). Find out more: https://www.fremantleports.com.au/news/free-shuttle-bus-for-turnaround-cruise-passengers

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CONTAINER SHOW FOR FREMANTLE BIENNALE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festival, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2019

 

 

 

The exhibition ‘Container – the Box that Changed the World’ opens this Saturday. It’s one of many Fremantle Biennale 2019 events. It is free and will be a highlight on Victoria Quay from November 2019 to March 2020

The exhibit is housed in six highly-modified and colourful shipping containers and attracted more than 70,000 people when it was operating at Sydney’s Darling Harbour recently.

It’s a  free travelling exhibition about shipping containers and their massive contribution in today’s society. The interactive, solar-powered, exhibition is housed in six colourful and modified sea containers, with each container telling the story of a different aspect of how sea containers are used and their impact on our lives. You can walk into the containers and read all about how these steel boxes impact our lives.

It relates the history of stevedoring and the emergence of containerisation, how containers move around the world, their environmental aspects, and how they impact people’s lives every day at home or in the workplace.

The exhibition was created by the Australian National Maritime Museum. The six containers will be spread, breadcrumb-style, between the WA Maritime Museum and B Shed.

Principal sponsors of the exhibition are Fremantle Ports, the WA Maritime Museum and the Freight and Logistics Council of WA. Major sponsors are Qube and Intermodal Group, with support from the City of Fremantle.

Neil Stanbury the manager External Affairs at Fremantle Port said: “It’s terrific to be able to present such a great exhibition, right on the harbour, in the 50th year since the international container trade started in Australia, right here in Fremantle.”

“We are, by a number of measures, the most efficient container port in Australia, with the fastest crane rate, best truck turnaround time and we put a higher percentage of containers on rail than anyone else, so Fremantle Ports prides itself on its container operations and this exhibition tells a whole other side to the container industry that the public don’t see, or often think about. We think it’s going to be a big hit with the public this summer.”

“Fremantle Ports’ goal is to enliven Victoria Quay and the Container exhibition is going to be one of our summer lynch-pins in that.”

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FIRST CRUISESHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019

 

Sea Princess

 

The Sea Princess, the first cruiseliner of the summer season, arrived in Fremantle at 5.30am this morning on an overcast day, with 1,800 passengers on board. She will depart at 11pm this evening.

Princess Cruises announced earlier this year that it has 141-day deployment in Fremantle this season with a total of 29 cruise ships carrying 64,000 passengers.

The cruise industry contributes $ 276 million to the Western Australian economy.

Welcome to Freo Sea Princess passengers and crew!

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A SHED PORT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

 

 

Fremantle Ports is looking for Expressions of Interest to develop historic A Shed, which is next door to the very popular Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.

A Shed offers a great location in Fremantle with stunning sunsets and harbour views and all the excitement that comes with an active working port.

If they want a retired photographer in residence I’ll put my hand up and volunteer to live there till I move to Fremantle cemetery  ; >)

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FREMANTLE PORTS WANT A SHED ACTIVATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, development, fremantle ports, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Fremantle Ports is looking for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of historic A Shed on Victoria Quay.

The 2,225 sqm building is the closest one to the very popular Maritime Museum and a short walk to the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal, so perfect for tourist and leisure orientated development.

I am really happy that Fremantle Port finally wants to reactivate A Shed as it has been forlorn and neglected for far too long.

EOI close on November 29 so don’t miss out to make A Shed great again.

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FREMANTLE PORT POLITICAL FOOTBALL

 

The news that the Maritime Union of Australia-MUA have pulled out of the Westport Taskforce process, that was established to identify if, where and when a new container port is needed in WA, is as disappointing as it was predictable.

Unfortunately the process has been kidnapped by political and self interest and that makes it near impossible for Westport Taskforce chair Nicole Lockwoood and her team to remain independent.

The very first meeting I went to at the Fremantle Townhall had a commercial expert on the panel who predicted tens of thousands of job if a new port was built at Kwinana. It turned out he is the husband of the Mayor of the Town of Kwinana, so hardly an independent expert.

WA Premier Mark McGowan no doubt can also clearly see the economic benefits for his electorate of Rockingham if an international port is built just down the road from it, and the MUA is really only interested in the short-term retaining of jobs for the wharfies and worried about a largely automated new port at Kwinana, or elsewhere.

While the Labor government has promised to not privatise Fremantle Port it has not made similar promises for a new Kwinana port, and neither have the Liberal opposition.

The environmental impact on Cockburn Sound has not been investigated thoroughly and it is wrong to say that dredging would only happen at the start of the process because future dredging in the sound and Gage Roads will be needed as the size of container vessels grow.

The political argument that the Roe 8 option was excluded and therefor the process is flawed is wrong. The Labor party made the election promise not to build Roe 8, so that was clear from the start. It is also clear that the former Liberal government totally messed up the Perth Freight Link project because it could not find a solution to extend the new freight link all the way to the port, and it stopped at the Swan river.

Traffic congestion in North Fremantle and along Leach Highway are mainly caused by private cars as freight trucks to and from the port account for only 10% of the traffic volume.  The same number of trucks come to Fremantle Port as it did ten years ago, so while container import has increased it has been better handled and not resulted in more truck movements.

The Westport Takforce have stated that port related freight at Kwinana would mainly be road based, so traffic issues at Kwinana and surrounding areas need to be investigated first because it would be unfair to simply shift the traffic problems further south and away from the Fremantle area.

Moving the port from Fremantle to Kwinana would have an enormous impact on the Fremantle economy and while development along the river mouth would no doubt make partly up for that the loss of the working port would be immense and negative for our city.

While I believe the Westport Taskforce process is very thorough it is probably not helpful that they prematurely release findings and everyone jumps on the bandwagon to criticise everything they are doing. Transparency is great but appears to have become a hindrance in allowing the process to continue without political grandstanding.

First and foremost we need to see a very detailed environmental impact report for Cockburn Sound and the impact a new port at Kwinana would have on the local communities there and the traffic issues and solutions.

We should then also get to see a report on how/if Fremantle Port operations can continue and grow for 20-30 years without and increasing negative impact for North Fremantle, Melville and people living along the rail corridor.

A new freight bridge has been promised but what actually will it do to help solve all the issues we are all aware about, and would a tunnel be a better and realistic option?

There are still so many questions and not enough solutions, and it is not helpful that politicians, the MUA, the Town of Kwinana and other self interest groups are now kicking the political football around, that is going to kick a lot of goals but will probably have no winners.

My suggestion to everyone of them is to stay out of the process and allow Nicole Lockwood and her team to do what they get paid for. Once we see the final recommendations we can scrutinise the outcome and the process and accept or criticise it. No matter what the recommendations are, not everyone will be happy with it, but doing nothing is not an option as the future of Fremantle Port is not infinite.

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