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FREO’S FANTASTIC WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 19, 2019

 

 

I love all the activity in Fremantle Port and yesterday it was a busy Saturday with two live trade ship at berth, a container ship leaving and another one arriving, while on Victoria Quay was a display of vintage cars, motorcycles and buses.

I took photos of the container ship CMA CGM Rossini leaving port and half an hour later of the Al Rawdah arriving.

While waiting I took photos of a Heron sun baking on one of the old cranes, a tiny inflatable keeping well out of the way of a huge freighter, and of a mum and daughter watching daddy fishing.

I love Freo’s working port so I hope it will remain just that for the last years of my life.

Roel Loopers

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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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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.

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FREO CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDED THIS WEEK

 

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The Fremantle cruise ship season for this summer ended this week when the Viking left Fremantle Port on Thursday.

There were 35 cruise ship calls to Fremantle, which annually bring around 88,000 passengers to town with an estimated value to Fremantle of $ 235 million.

Shuttle buses from the Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay to Kings Square were provided by the City of Fremantle, where they were greeted by tourist guides from the Visitor Centre, while roaming visitor guides walked around the inner city to give out information and street maps.

There were several ships who arrived on a maiden journey to Freo, including the huge MSC Magnifica pictured above.

The next cruise ship will arrive on October 20.

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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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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

 

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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BUSY MORNING AT ROTTNEST FERRY TERMINAL

 

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There is always a photo opportunity in picture perfect Fremantle, so here one I took at the B Shed cafe and Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay yesterday morning.

People waiting to board a ferry, three navy ships at berth, and wake-up coffees at the  cafe.

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NAVY CREW GETS ENTRY TO THE CITY OF FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on March 9, 2019

 

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It is a bit wet in Fremantle this morning, but that of course did not deter the 220 crew of the HMAS Success to parade through the Cappuccino Strip where they were granted Entry to the City by Mayor Brad Pettitt and CEO Phil St John.

Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton, the officer in charge of the Fremantle police station, challenged the crew by standing in the centre of the road holding up his hand to stop them.

Entry to the city is a tradition that goes back to ancient Rome, where it was considered to be the highest honour a city could give a military unit.

The HMAS Success will be decommissioned at Garden Island in June this year after 33 years of service to the Australian Navy.

Roel Loopers

 

DANICIA QUINLAN NEW FREO CHAMBER CEO

Posted in business, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has announced that Danicia Quinlan will be the new CEO from March 11.

Here is what they wrote:

Danicia is an experienced business leader and strategist, with a passion for organisational change, social and economic development and creative implementation, built across 25 years of management, corporate consulting and leadership roles. 

Her diverse background has included management positions with the Fashion Council WA, Woodside Energy, BHP Billiton and the City of Westminster in the UK. She has a close working relationship with Tourism WA, State Government Agencies and the City of Perth.

Danicia also has a successful project and consulting track record.  Her high profile work has included a social and economic impact for Fremantle Ports Outer Harbour Project, Boddington Gold Mine and a closure plan for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines. Most recently she has worked with Block Branding on a WA regional food producer awards initiative for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

A 2004 Business News 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and a Foundation for Young Australians Youth Leaders Delegate, she has also held positions on the boards of Fashion Council WA, Style Aid Committee for the WA Aids Council, FPWA Sexual Health Services, WAAPA’s 25th Anniversary Committee and Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce President Ivan Dzeba said: “Danicia’s diverse background will add significant experience and depth to the Chamber’s team and we look forward to working with her to deliver on the Chamber’s new strategic plan and engage with local Fremantle businesses to maintain and develop a thriving business community”.

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