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FREMANTLE PORT BUSINESS AS USUAL

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2019

 

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The old Patrick’s crane on North Quay in Fremantle Port is being dismantled to make way for a larger crane. A new ZPMC-brand crane will arrive early next year and that will be an impressive sight to see it floating into the harbour.

Fremantle is the most efficient of the five major container ports in Australia and it is not going anywhere for a long time. Think about putting a child into primary school and watch the transition to high school, and then watch it to decide if university is for them. That is the minimum time Fremantle Port will remain a working port, so no need to panic for those who love the port and believe it is significant to Freo’s unique character, as I do.

It is most likely that I will be rotting in hell well before Fremantle stops being our major working port in Western Australia.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE’S TWO HARBOURS

 

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There is a lot of activity going on in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour with ships being repaired and maintained until the season up north starts again.

At Fremantle Port two huge RoRo vessels are delivering hundreds of vehicles so that is always an impressive sight as well.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT ON RAIL RECORD

 

The WA State Government has announced that in April this year a record of 23.7 per cent of container freight to Fremantle Port was by rail and more than 20 per cent freight on rail in 2018-19. This equates to taking around 110.000 one-way truck movements off our roads

The substantial 30 per cent increase of freight by rail comes after the McGowan government raised the subsidy when it came into power.

Western Australia has the highest proportion of containers on rail in Australia, so that is a pretty good effort.

Experts believe that 30 per cent container freight on rail is achievable for Fremantle Port operations, but critics believe the noise the additional and longer container trains create in the west of Fremantle is a severe nuisance to local residents, who also complain about strong vibrations.

It is great though to get so many trucks off our roads, but a good balance needs to be achieved to try to keep everyone happy.

Roel Loopers

HUGE MSC ELMA ARRIVES AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2019

 

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One of the largest container vessels ever to arrive in Fremantle Port entered the harbour just before 5pm on Saturday afternoon. The 300-metre-long and 50-metre-wide MSC ELMA can carry nearly 9,600 containers.

She was escorted into port by three tug boats.

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MAERSK SKARSTIND IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2019

 

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I was going to capture the departure of the huge 300-metre-long Maersk Skarstind from Fremantle Port this afternoon but the scheduled 4.30pm departure has been pushed back to 11pm tonight and that is bed time for old Loopy.

But I took these photos of the massive container vessel from the train when I returned from Perth at 1.30pm. The quality is not great as it was taken through the train window.

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FREMANTLE’S OCEAN COLOURS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, indian ocean, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2019

 

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The predictions are is that it is going to be a pretty awful weekend with rain and storms and even lightning and thunder, so here a bit of Fremantle colour to help you through the next couple of days. Stay warm and dry!

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FIVE WEEKS FOR WESTPORT TASKFORCE SHORT LIST

 

 

One can only agree with one of the public comments made that the Westport Taskforce is doing a fantastic job at community consultation and information and a very thorough job overall.

Another meeting was held this morning in the Fremantle Townhall and around 70 members of the community attended to listen to Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt and the Chair of Westport Nicole Lockwood.

The Mayor said that Fremantle Council had been pretty frustrated about the Perth Freight Link proposal and were very pleased that it had been abandoned.

Council believes that a working port is critical for Fremantle’s economic future and a survey showed that a massive70% of participants agreed with that. It was however important that a growing port would not have a greater negative impact on the community.

How can we be smart and have container freight on road not mainly during business hours, the Mayor asked. We need a dedicated freight rail line that does not conflict with the passenger trains.

Nicole Lockwood explained that the focus of the Westport Taskforce was on Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana and this has created many options which needed to be considered. It was about how to accommodate freight for the next fifty years and how we can get more out of the current network.

Social values and the environment are priorities, but we needed to be clear that the current infrastructure will not meet future needs. All options considered needed to be able to handle the long-term container trade projections, and must use the existing supply chain corridors.

The capacity of Fremantle Port is only at 37% Lockwood said, but the rail lines are very near capacity.

Westport is building an interactive digital spatial tool to create real-time modelling.

An small increase in growth of containers will have huge cumulative impacts over time.

Nicole Lockwood is very impressive. She is well across all the details and did not need notes to point out the pros and cons. She said the taskforce was about five weeks away from shortlisting the best options.

With so many container trucks arriving or leaving Fremantle Port empty I wonder if a system could be created where freight operators could swap trips so that a policy of no pick up without drop off and vice versa could be implemented. That would take a substantial number of trucks off our roads.

Very informative session that ended in a Q&A where most public speakers went over old ground complaining about train noise and vibration and traffic issues in North Fremantle. Short-term solutions for these issues are clearly not on the cards.

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.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT ISSUES

 

 

port cranes at sunset

 

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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GOLDEN CONTAINERS AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Council Planning Committee meeting finished early for me on Wednesday evening, so enough time to drive onto the South Mole of Fremantle Port and capture the golden light of the setting sun on the containers of the Maersk Yangtze which entered the port just before 7.30pm.

There were plenty of clouds in the sky and the prospect of rain and even thunder on Thursday.

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