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FREO STEVEDORES NOT HAPPY WITH MINISTER

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2018

 

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Fremantle stevedores DL World and Patrick’s are not very happy that Fremantle Ports has put out a general tender for the management of the container terminals on North Quay.

Yesterday Minister Rita Saffioti announced the Expressions of Interest for a seven-year lease and it appears the present operators were not aware of that.

DL World and Patrick’s have spent many millions of dollars on upgrading the facilities, getting bigger and better cranes, etc. over the past decades, so they were expecting the WA state government to liaise with them about new leases instead of a general tender.

The whole port thing is becoming a bit of a shambles, with millions of dollars wasted by the previous Liberal Government on legal advise and expert opinions for the intended sale/lease of Fremantle Port, and now the Westport task force will advise the government if a new outer harbour is viable and if it should be constructed at Kwinana or elsewhere.

It is also questionable if any new or present operator would substantially invest in the terminals when the lease is only for a 7+2 year period.

Roel Loopers

 

 

HIGH STREET UPGRADE INFO TODAY!

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

 

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Come along to the drop-in sessions to see the draft concept plan and speak to the project team of Main Roads WA, who will be available to answer questions.

Drop-in anytime TODAY from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 30 April or 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 10 May at Stackwood, Stack Street, Fremantle.

View the draft concept plan and read more project information on the website – https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

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A ROUNDABOUT FOR FREIGHT TO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2018

 

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This is the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade concept plan by Mainroads which will now go through a community consultation process.

Already there have been concerns expressed about pedestrian safety, parking for netball, FERN, the golf course, etc. so it is still a work in progress.

I’ll keep you up to date about any future community meetings set up by Mainroads so that you can have your say.

Roel Loopers

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SUN PRINCESS WILL CALL FREMANTLE HOME

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliner, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 19, 2018

 

Sun Princess

 

The announcement today that the Sun Princess cruise ship will call Fremantle her home port for the 2019-20 season is great news for Freo and Western Australia.

It is the biggest investment a cruise liner brand has ever made in WA and will mean a 100% increase in cruise ship passengers sailing through WA, which means an extra $ 32 million for our economy.

This is the result of the State Government upgrading ports in the north of the state and the Fremantle Passenger terminal.

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

STUNNING SKY FAREWELLS CRUISESHIP

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Beautiful sky just before sunset yesterday when the Seven Seas Navigator departed Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers

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BATTLING THE FLAG ON SS LEEUWIN

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 27, 2018

 

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Fremantle Port is one of my favourite destinations in Fremantle. I visit it every day.

I love the always changing port with Rottnest ferries coming and going, the arrival and departure of container and massive RoRo ships, and the the great sight of majestic cruise liners.

Especially on weekends hundreds of small pleasure crafts create a buzz of excitement on their way out to the Indian Ocean in the early morning.

Yesterday this young man was struggling high up the mast with the WA flag on the Sailing Ship Leeuwin and that made for an interesting photo.

Roel Loopers

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FOOD TRUCK UNDER THE FREO BRIDGE TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on January 8, 2018

 

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The silly season is over until we celebrate ONE DAY on January 28 for the long weekend Australia Day, so the UNDER THE BRIDGE FOOD TRUCKS are back from 5 pm on today at the East Street Jetty in Fremantle, and every Monday of the summer season.

Roel Loopers

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MOODY FREO WEATHER PHOTOS

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on December 18, 2017

 

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The weather was not anywhere as severe last night as BOM had predicted, but I took these two moody photos around 6 pm from the top of an East Fremantle hill ovelooking Fremantle port.

Roel Loopers

ROTTNEST FERRY COMPETITION

Posted in city of fremantle, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

Rottnest Express

 

Having early morning coffee at the B Shed ferry terminal on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is like being on holiday.

There is a real buzz around when people arrive on foot or on their bike and queue up to get on board one of the ferries to Rottnest Island.

It will be interesting to observe how long it will take new operator Sealink to grab a good share of the ferry market, because the Rottnest Express brand is clearly very strong.

I have on several occasions observed that the early Sealink ferry departs with only a handful of passengers, while the Rottnest Express one half an hour later gets many more people on board.

I hear that prices for the trip to Rotto have come down considerably and that Rottnest Express is now departing hourly from Freo in the mornings.

Roel Loopers

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