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MIGHTY TUGBOATS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in containers, fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

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Those mighty little tugboats dwarfed by the big container ships always impress me in Fremantle Port, so I had to take a photo of this one this morning pulling strongly.

Roel Loopers

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AUSTRALIA DAY CHANGE ECONOMIC IMPACT

Posted in australia day, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on April 10, 2017

With the discussion on changing the date of Australia Day now going on all over the nation, with Bassendean, Cockburn, Hobart and other local councils considering it, a survey by Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District is worth attention.

BID asked their CBD member about foot traffic and trade figures during this year’s Australia Day, where the City of Fremantle had abandoned the firework, and it is definitely not all doom and gloom.

Around 50 per cent of business which participated in the survey said that foot traffic past their business had not changed compared to previous Australia Days, around 15 per cent registered a decrease and some 30 per cent a significant decrease in foot traffic.

Nearly 60 per cent of those who took part in the survey said there had been no change in their trade compared to previous Australia Days, but some 25 per cent recorded significant decrease in trade and about 15 per cent said they had a decrease in trade.

It has to be noted that less than 11 per cent of BID members decided to take part in the survey.

Festivals are on average good for the hospitality industry but do not show a significant increase in retail trade, so the verdict is still out on the economic impact of a non firework Australia Day and alternative celebrations on another day.

Time will tell if more local councils want to change the date, but WA Premier Mark McGowan is not in favour of it.

Roel Loopers

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VERY QUIET IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, western australia by freoview on January 25, 2017

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I assume it is seasonal but it is very quiet in Fremantle Port at the moment. There was not a single ship in the harbour this morning.

I haven’t seen a cruise ship for a while either, although we were expecting around 60 of them this summer.

Took this photo of the Leeuwin and Maritime Museum yesterday at sunset.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS PROFIT RISE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime by freoview on October 5, 2016

One has to wonder why the WA government is so keen to sell profitable Fremantle Port that made a $ 52.3 million profit, a rise of 9 per cent, last financial year although there was a dip in trade.

Container trade was down by 3.8 per cent and bulk loading at the outer harbour at Kwinana was also down.

Cruise ship visits increased to 58 ships and 152,734 passengers and this year 60 tourist ships will visit Fremantle.

It is estimated Fremantle Port is worth $ 2.4 billion.

 

Roel Loopers

DEMAND FOR FREIGHT TRAIN CURFEW TO PORT RIDICULOUS

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on April 1, 2016

There is a protest meeting on Saturday April 2 at 2 pm at the South Beach lawn near the Sailing Club where people want to start a petition to stop freight train movement to and from Fremantle Port between 11 pm and 7 am. I find the notion utterly ridiculous as Femantle has had a 24/7 working port for as long as I know.

What is next, demanding the trains don’t run on weekends and public holidays either so that those who bought apartments and houses near the railway line have their peace of mind?

This is the same mentality as people who buy property near a pub and then complain about music noise and patrons leaving. I am aware Fremantle Ports have received complaints from people who bought apartments in new buildings in North Fremantle and who demanded port operations stop at 7 pm.

I lived for two and a half years next to the Roundhouse in one of the old Pilots Cottages there and never had an issue with the trains passing by, and I also heard noise from the port but that did not bother me either, because I knew when I moved in that I was only a few metres from the railway line and a few hundred metres from the port.

The call for action on Facebook mentions the name of Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and I am very surprised she would want to get involved in this as the Maritime Union of Australia will start kicking ass, and rightly so.

The annoying wheel squeal of the trains can be solved with water spray, so why not suggest that this will be installed instead of the totally unrealistic demand for trains to only run between 7 am and 11 pm. Do people even realise how many thousands of dollars it costs to keep a ship in port?

Move to the east of Fremantle where you can start complaining about traffic noise that goes on 24 hours a day!

Roel Loopers

BIG RED IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on March 25, 2016

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I check out Fremantle Port at least once a day because I love the ever-changing energy of the working port. This morning this big red RoRo vessel was at Victoria Quay so I could not resist to take this photo.

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FREMANTLE PORT SALE DEAD IN THE WATER

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on March 23, 2016

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The planned sale/50 year lease by the WA State Government of Fremantle Port appears to be all over now that the National Party coalition partners have announced they will not support it.

Not only does this leave Premier Colin Barnett with egg on his face again, but questions now need to be asked how much money has already been wasted on the proposed long-term lease.

At the last Victoria Quay working group I attended late last year we were told that Fremantle Ports was spending huge amounts of money on expert consultants from lawyers to maritime, international, trade, transport, etc. This must have grown into millions of dollars of taxpayers money the government squandered on another failed project.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT SALE IN JEOPARDY

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, western autralia by freoview on March 19, 2016

 

The planned State Government $1,1 billion fire sale of Fremantle Port is in jeopardy as the National Party has indicated they might block the sale because of fear that farmers will be slugged with much higher fees for live exports.

After the controversial sale of the Darwin port to a Chinese company the Federal government has also indicated they want stricter controls to make sure there are no national security risks.

Time will tell if the Nationals will support the sale and if a buyer can be found, and also if that all can happen before next year’s State election. It is doubtful a Labor government would go ahead with the asset sales, but they will be struggling to implement Maxrail and likely other major election promises because W.A. is deep in the red.

Here a few photos I have taken over many years on assignments for Fremantle Ports.

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MINIMALIST PHOTO ART AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in art, fremantle, fremantle ports, photography by freoview on March 9, 2016

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Driving along Finnerty Street this morning I noticed a lot of cherrypickers parked at Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port, which had been offloaded by a huge RoRo vessel.

Minimalism always attracts me so I drove quickly to Peter Hughes Drive to take this photo.

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MATURITY NEEDED IN PERTH FREIGHT LINK DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 26, 2015

Freo’s View has been publishing a lot of comments about the Perth Freight Link and sadly it has all gone negative again with people trying to get political mileage out of it.

I have no idea why the opposition against the Perth Freight Link is considered to be political. That might apply to media stuff from the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties, but certainly not from the community groups and councils who are against it. This is not Barnett bashing but trying to find proper solutions for what is a real difficult problem to solve.

Even the Premier admitted at a North Fremantle community forum that there are no elegant solutions to get from Stirling Highway into the port, and that is his realistic assessment, which Curtin University Professor Peter Newman agreed with. Mainroads told a meeting at Fremantle Ports that there are no final plans, no timeline and no budget to build stage 2 and 3, so let’s stop the nonsense of attacking all and sundry and try instead to help solve the problem and find solutions.

An outer harbour has not been budgeted for and there is no money in the State coffers, and even if there was, it will take up to ten years to build the outer harbour and it will have severe environmental impact on Cockburn Sound and traffic issues in the area.

More freight on rail would be great but the present line will never accommodate the desired but unrealistic 30%, so a lot of money is needed to build a new line that can accommodate double-stacking. It is not fair to believe the present line through the west of Fremantle should handle more trains as it already negatively impacts on people living along it.

Let’s have a rational, mature and constructive debate about the issue and stop bashing people who have different views on how to solve the problem. I am sick and tired of the relentless negative comments on this blog!

Roel

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