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FREO WELCOMES MASSIVE MAGNIFICA

 

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I almost missed the maiden arrival to Fremantle Port of the huge MSC Magnifica cruiseliner because it was initially scheduled to arrive tomorrow. But I was lucky to walk at Bathers Beach when I noticed the massive vessel gliding into port, so I went on a long walk to take photos from all different angles.

The Musica-class MSC Magnifica is 294-metres long and normally carries up to 2,550 passengers, but can accommodate a maximum of 3,605 passengers. It cost $ 547 million to build.

It will depart Fremantle tomorrow evening at 10pm if all goes to plans.

Roel Loopers

 

TWO JEWELS EQUAL GREAT FREMANTLE PORT

 

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It is always an impressive sight to see large cruiseliners enter and depart Fremantle Port and float past the equally impressive Maritime Museum, so I took this photo of the Pacific Jewel leaving Freo just after 4pm on Friday afternoon.

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A LOVELY FREO WAY TO END THE WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, markets, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on February 18, 2019

 

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The Merchants’ Mess Food Truck Markets on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is a nice way to activate the area on a Sunday afternoon and  early evening.

Good food, mellow music, ships entering and leaving the port, the Rottnest Island ferries dropping off and picking up passengers, and the sun setting behind the port is a lovely way to end the weekend.

There is a very big Portside Traders Markets coming up on Saturday March 16 from 10am-4pm, so make a note of it!

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ONE DEAD AFTER CAR DRIVES OFF FREMANTLE’S SOUTH MOLE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

The body of a 75 year-old woman was recovered late yesterday off the Fremantle South Mole after the Mitsubishi Magna she and her husband were in drove off the South Mole. The 81 year-old husband managed to swim to safety.

The tragic accident happened around 7pm yesterday, and one has to wonder how, as the road on the mole is surrounded by large rocks.

Access to the South Mole was closed early this morning as the police are investigating and asking any witnesses who saw the car before the accident to come forward.

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DANCING TUGS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2019

 

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It had been surprisingly cool after the hot weekend, with the strong sea breeze creating quite a chill when one walks around.

I took a few Fremantle Port photos around 1pm on Wednesday while I was almost being blown off the South Mole.

It was a rare sight to see the tugs ‘dancing’ bow to bow.

Roel Loopers

 

SUNSET AT THE FREO MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, maritime, photography, sunset, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2019

 

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I think I must be addicted to photography, because when I haven’t taken any photos for a day or two I have a real desire to go out and try to discover some, so after a busy day volunteering at the Roundhouse I decided to go out again and take some happy snaps of the beautiful sun set at the Fremantle Martime Museum in the port.

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LOVING FREO’S WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019

 

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Maybe I am just an unrealistic romantic, but I hope that Fremantle Port will remain a working port with container ships, cranes, cruise ships, ferries and all the things that make ports exciting, for as long as I live, so for another 5-10 years. ;>)

Seeing the cranes and ships as a background for gorgeous heritage buildings is something very special and very Freo.

I get all the political, environmental, NIMBY and other reasons for the port to be moved away from Fremantle, but there are many who just like it the way it is, as I do.

No doubt North Quay and Rouse Head are prime real estate areas, but so are Arthur’s Head, the West End, Monument Hill and Cantonment Hill, so shall we just develop all those significant places?

There is a much stronger case in my opinion to start developing Victoria Quay. It does not all have to be done in one go, but Fremantle Ports really should start on it.

I took the photos above this morning, with the ferries to Rottnest being very popular during the school holidays.

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FREMANTLE MAYOR WANTS FREO PORT TO STAY

 

The opinion piece by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt in today’s West Australian about the pros and cons of an outer harbour, and the continuation of Fremantle as a working port is pragmatic and realistic, and without the political spin we are often getting about this important topic.

Brad Pettitt rightly argues that there is no immediate need for an outer harbour in Kwinana and that the environmental damage to Cockburn Sound might well be unacceptable. The Mayor also points out that shifting the port away from Fremantle would “erode Fremantle’s history and identity and lead to a big loss of economic activity…”

I agree with the Freo Mayor that the Perth Freight Link was a flawed plan that did not resolve how to get freight to the port, and that increased container freight by rail, with a new rail bridge across the Swan River, could see Fremantle continue as our much-liked working port.

It is a good idea to move the offloading of imported vehicles to Kwinana, or even Bunbury, and maybe also the scrap metal and live sheep transport.

A new rail bridge and rail line and better use of freight on roads, where we no longer see empty trucks running in and out of the port, and more freight by road during the evenings, are all part of the solution.

Fremantle Ports and the State Government should also become serious about part development of Victoria Quay and prioritise this by changing the buffer zones around the port, so that tourist and residential accommodation will be possible.

Moving the car imports away from Fremantle can be done very fast and does not need large infrastructure investment and the same applies to sheep trade.

I love the working port of Fremantle and would hate to see it become only a port for cruise ships. The container ships are part of Freo’s history and should continue to be so for many more years.

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WESTPORT TASKFORCE FIRST PROGRESS REPORT IS OUT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018

 

 

The first progress report by the WESTPORT Taskforce is an interesting read. It came out yesterday, so check it out on-line as it is quite substantial.

I had a quick look at the WHAT HAVE WE FOUND SO FAR report and there are two points I consider very important for Fremantle. The first one is that the report states that Fremantle Port would be capable of handling double the number of containers it does now, as long as improved road and rail access to deliver and pick up container freight is part of the development.

The second one is maybe even more important as it means that residential and other development along Victoria Quay does not have to be halted until the port stops accepting containers.

The reports states: However, the Fremantle Port buffer is a guideline rather than a State statutory and use planning instrument. It does not preclude planning for additional residential development, even in the area closest to the port, and is dependent on local governments to regulate.

This is really important, because so far any attempt at wanting to build residential or hotel accommodation at Victoria Quay has been dismissed as not being possible because of the buffer zone around the port. It might just need a different, less rigid, approach by the Fremantle Ports board and management.

And a few more snippets from the report:

Changing community expectations about what is shipped from the port should be recognised as a constraint to development in the Fremantle study area. With the relocation of some trades, the port could expand its container operations or alternatively, use the space for non-port purposes.

Changing land use within the port buffer could open opportunities for a range of recreation, commercial and residential activities around Victoria Quay and in North Fremantle.

Key considerations of future work will be to: determine how long Fremantle’s Inner Harbour can efficiently and safely operate alongside the increasingly urban environment of the City of Fremantle; assess the impacts that trucks and other traffic has on suburbs west of the Kwinana Freeway as well as on access to the port; identify opportunities to facilitate and grow trade; assess if and when any trades should be moved to a different port location; and plan for the infrastructure required to keep freight moving efficiently and the economy growing for decades to come.

Any change to Fremantle Port operation will be long-term and won’t be happening for many years. It is quite clear from this progress report that there is no immediate need to move all port operation to Kwinana or Bunbury, but that a long transitional period might be required to move some operations.

The Westport Taskforce will continue to work, explore and consult with all affected communities and stakeholders, and nothing will happen overnight, or next year.

Roel Loopers

LOVING THE LEEUWIN SAILING LIFE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, maritime, sailing, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on December 11, 2018

 

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It is pretty spectacular to see all those young people high up on the mast of the STS Leeuwin II sailing ship in Fremantle port.

I took the photos on Monday afternoon when they were securing the sails after a trip out on the Indian Ocean.

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