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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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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.

Roel Loopers

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WHARFIES STRIKE AT FREMANTLE PORT

 

port cranes at sunset

 

Wharfies at DP World stevedores in Fremantle Port will go on a 48-hour strike this Thursday. This is part of a national strike for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

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THE CRANES OF FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruising, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2018

 

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I love the Fremantle working port at any hour of the day and took this photo just before sunset yesterday, after I had taken some photos of the Foodtrucks Under the Bridge event at the East Street jetty.

I love the visual impact of all the cranes pulled together by the 200mm lens I used for the photo.

I added the golden oldie I took some time ago, as it is heating up this week. Summer is coming!

Next week the canopy will be put on top of the posts in front of the Passenger Terminal to improve the arrival for the thousands of cruise ship passengers who will visit Fremantle this summer season, so stay tuned for photos of that.

Roel Loopers

MASSIVE CRANES CARRIER DEPARTS FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, stevedores, Uncategorized by freoview on September 26, 2018

 

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The Chinese vessel Zhen Hua 24 departed Fremantle Port at sunset on Tuesday evening, heading for Brisbane to deliver one of the massive 50metre-high container cranes there, as she had also done in Fremantle.

The cranes are for DP World operation around Australia and four of them were still onboard when the ship left, which made for a very impressive sight, and is one of the many reasons why I love the working Freo port.

Roel Loopers

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CONTAINER CRANE SHIP DELAYS DEPARTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2018

 

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The Zhen Huan 24 was scheduled to leave Fremantle Port at 1.30pm on Friday, but it did not happen, although the mooring ropes had been released and two tug boats were waiting for over an hour.

I wanted to take a photo of the five huge 50-metre-high cranes onboard the ship dwarfing the green lighthouse on the South Mole, but unfortunately that did not eventuate, so I waited in vain for an hour and a half.

I took these two photos instead, the one with the railway station showing why a working port is such a unique attraction for our city.

Roel Loopers

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NEW CONTAINER CRANE FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2018

 

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I was not aware that the Chinese ship Zhen Hua 24 carrying five huge container cranes had entered Fremantle Port, so it was an amazing sight to see it at berth at North Quay this morning, where it offloaded one of the cranes.

The cranes are 50 metres high and weigh 1200 tonnes and are delivered at DP World stevedores in Australian ports, one of them Fremantle.

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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

 

 

WORKING PORT AN ASSET TO FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on August 19, 2014

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I believe it is timely to show how important Fremantle PortsĀ is for our stateĀ and city after yesterday’s calls for shifting it south, so I pulled some figures from the 2012/2013 Annual Report, since the 2013/14 one has not been tabled yet in Parliament and is not available to the public until then.

* Fremantle Ports made an after tax profit of over $ 37 million. That was an increase of 91 per cent over the previous year and mainly due to iron ore export from the Kwinana bulk terminal.

* Trade was overall up by 13.2 per cent.

* FP handled $ 30 billion in trade.

* 83 per cent of people surveyed during Maritime Day is in favour of the ongoing operation of Fremantle as a working port!

* 14 percent of freight to the port is by rail and it is a high priority for Fremantle Ports to increase that.

* The Rouse Head reclaimed land gives FP an important opportunity to expand its cargo handling at the inner harbour.

I love Fremantle port and visit it daily. I love the constant activity in the harbour, our connection with the big international world, and to see that this state is prospering, so I hope we’ll have our working port here for many years to come!

Roel Loopers

COMPETITORS SOLIDARITY IN PORT DISPUTE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 30, 2014

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DP World, Australia’s, and reportedly the world’s largest port operator has found an innovative way of dealing with an industrial dispute at Fremantle port. The company has countered threats of work stoppages by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) by stating they will engage rival port operator Patrick and contract out their work to provide certainty for their customers who have ships on the high sea.

It appears this is not just about workplace action at Fremantle, but might well have to do with the company posting a $ 68 million after-tax loss in Australia.

Will a compromise be reached between DP World and the MUA before Thursday, or will the cranes stay up at DL?

Roel Loopers

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