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HAZY FREMANTLE MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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It’s a bit of a hazy morning in good old Freo so the perfect location to take some photos of the fog is Fremantle Port of course.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORT REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2019

 

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The CSIRO Marine National Facility ship in Fremantle Port is an interesting one to look at, so go for a stroll along Victoria Quay and have a coffee at the B Shed cafe.

Good to see Fremantle Ports reaching out with a half page in the Fremantle Herald promoting their on-line PORTFOLIO newsletter.

The Port is such an asset for our city but has not been communicating that very well over the last decades, so nice to see this positive change to inform the community better.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVAL PORT IN A STORM

 

Fremantle is well served in the West Australian today with a full page interview with Nicole Lockwood the Chair of the WestPort Taskforce which are looking into the future of Fremantle Port and a new port at Kwinana. Good read!

Freo is also getting a wrap about the new winter Fremantle Festival, but strange that info was not released to local media as well, so I’ll ‘quote’ from The West.

The Fremantle Festival will be held for the first time in its 113 years during winter from July 12-22 and it is called 10 Nights In Port.

Freo festival co-ordinator Kathryn Taylor told the West that they “wanted it to be the harbour in a storm” where the community warmth at the fire. That means people will be able to enjoy glasshouses and relax in a steamy hot bath while enjoying entertainment. Sounds corny and a bit like the swimming pools at the Big Bash 20/20 cricket.

The Hidden Treasures music festival in the West End will grow with Future Treasures at Freo.Social to nurture young bands, while the Festival Club will be in the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street.

The late Bathers Beach ceramicist Joan Campbell will be honoured with Fired Up, where people will make small vessels at the Fremantle Arts Centre and taken to Bathers Beach where they are fired in an outdoor kiln.

There is a lot of other stuff and I hope there will be plenty of free things to do and not just ticketed events lower income people can’t afford to enjoy.

Roel Loopers

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OLD NOSTALGIC FREO PHOTOS

Posted in architecture, cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, historic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2019

 

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There has been so much talk over the last couple of months about the preservation of Fremantle heritage and the need to stabilise Arthur’s Head and preserve the Roundhouse that these two old photos I noticed at Sandrino’s yesterday made me feel a bit nostalgic.

The old Tram building facade in High Street is still standing and is now home to the lovely Chalkys cafe. Unfortunately a previous council allowed the horrendously ugly No 1 High Street building to be built which is an eyesore when one looks down on it from the Roundhouse.

Victoria Quay is still a feature for Freo but the old sheds have been neglected badly and Fremantle Ports really does need to do some urgent preservation work on the A and C sheds.

There are other heritage photos on display outside Sandrino’s so go and have a look-and a pizza!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORTS SPONSORS ROUNDHOUSE CANNON FIRE

 

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It is personally rewarding for me to see that my call for support for the Fremantle Roundhouse has not been just weeing in the wind, but that Fremantle Ports responded generously and are now official sponsors of the One O’Clock Cannon Fire at the Roundhouse.

That the Fremantle Ports sponsors WA’s oldest public building is special to me since I did 14 years of photography for the Ports, so I very much feel like being part of the crew there.

When I complained in a letter to the West Australian and on this Freo’s View blog a few months ago about lack of support for the Roundhouse Fremantle Ports contacted me and asked how they could support the Roundhouse heritage guides.

The gun deck overlooks the site of the first Fremantle port, the long jetty, and also the current port, so it is very much part of our maritime history.

The cannon was fired and the time ball lowered for the early mariners to adjust their clocks, so that the calculation of longitude would be precise. The Roundhouse volunteers fire the cannon 363 days of the year, unless inclement weather prevents it.

People can book the firing of the cannon on http://www.fremantleroundhouse.com.au and are given a certificate to show they were the honorary gunner of the day. I suggest we reprint the certificates with the Fremantle Ports logo on it.

As part of the Fremantle Ports sponsorship the Roundhouse volunteer guides will participate in this year’s Maritime Day on Victoria Quay. I’ll see you there!

I hope the State and Federal governments will now also financially assist with the Roundhouse maintenance and management and the much needed stabilisation of Arthur’s Head and the Whalers Tunnel.

Roel Loopers

 

ARE FREIGHT TRAINS SHAKING HISTORIC ARTHUR’S HEAD INTO OBLIVION?

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2019

 

Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head was on the agenda of Wednesday’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council. The place is fallen apart and lacks proper maintenance and for nearly a year City officers and expert consultants have looked into how the limestone cliff face can be repaired and stabilised.

The officer’s report recommends several options, but it was unbelievable to hear that no investigation has taken place to see what impact the vibrations of the heavier, longer and more frequent container freight trains have on the cliff face, Whalers Tunnel and surroundings.

It seems strange to a layman like me that one offers solutions without understanding the cause of the problem, and I wasn’t the only one who questioned that.

There was however surprisingly little debate about the matter that will come before full council in a few weeks.

Roel Loopers

 

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50 YEARS OF CONTAINERS AT FREMANTLE PORTS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2019

 

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Fremantle Ports today celebrate 50 years since the start of the international container trade in Australia, with Fremantle the first port to receive such a ship.

The first purpose-built fully-cellular container ship for international long-haul trade, Encounter Bay, berthed at Fremantle on 28 March 1969. The ship’s arrival coincided with the opening of WA’s first container terminal by then-Premier, Sir David Brand.

Containerisation was first developed in the United States in the late 1950s, though the world’s first purpose-built container ship, Kooringa, was built in Australia in 1964 but only used on domestic trade routes.

In 1970, the Port of Fremantle handled around 50,000 container movements (twenty-foot equivalents) but last year handled 769,686.

Encounter Bay in 1969 could carry around 1500 containers, while the largest container ships visiting Fremantle today are capable of loading 9000 containers.

About 92 per cent of all manufactured imports come into WA via the Port of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Inner Harbour continues to grow its trade and can handle the largest container ships servicing Australian ports.

From July this year, it expects to receive even larger container ships of 347m long, each able to carry 9500 containers (TEU).

The Port of Fremantle has Australia’s fastest crane rate, best container turnaround, best truck turnaround and puts a larger proportion of containers on rail than any of the five major Australian ports.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT ISSUES

 

 

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The WA Westport Taskforce, established to find the best solution for the increasing port related freight and investigating if a new port will be needed in the immediate future, are doing a community survey online, so if you want to have your say click on http://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport

Is an overflow container port needed sooner than expected, how long will North Fremantle be able to cope with increasing freight on road, is a new rail line an option, when will a new rail bridge be built, is Fremantle Port anywhere near capacity?

There are hundreds of questions and concerns about road traffic, pollution, the environment, what impact a new port might have on the health of Cockburn Sound, etc.

Roel Loopers

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CRUISE SHIPS ON MAIDEN TRIPS TO FREMANTLE

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

 

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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

 

 

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CRYSTAL SERENITY DEPARTS FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

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The Crystal Serenity cruise liner departed Fremantle Port at 6pm on Wednesday so I headed out to get some shots of it.

The ship was in Fremantle for just a day, as most of them are.

Roel Loopers

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