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SUN PRINCESS WILL CALL FREMANTLE HOME

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliner, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 19, 2018

 

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The announcement today that the Sun Princess cruise ship will call Fremantle her home port for the 2019-20 season is great news for Freo and Western Australia.

It is the biggest investment a cruise liner brand has ever made in WA and will mean a 100% increase in cruise ship passengers sailing through WA, which means an extra $ 32 million for our economy.

This is the result of the State Government upgrading ports in the north of the state and the Fremantle Passenger terminal.

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FACELIFT FOR FREMANTLE PASSENGER TERMINAL

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2018

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The Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay will get a $ 3 million facelift this year with works starting this month.

There have been complaints from passengers and cruise ship operators about the heritage building which was built in 1960 and refurbished about twenty years ago.

The McGowan government will erect a new large canopy over the entrance to provide shade and shelter from the elements, the building will be painted and permanent screens will be put in front of the large windows.

144,000 cruiseline passengers arrived in Fremantle last financial year.

The facelift will do nothing though about passengers having to lug their luggage along either side of the railway line rain or shine and the ugly footbridge they have to conquer.

Roel Loopers

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cruiseliner, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 5, 2018

 

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Cruiseliner Celebrity Solstice arrived in Fremantle Port this morning and is an impressive sight at Victoria Quay.

The 317 metre long ship can accommodate 2,852 passengers and cost $ 750 million to build.

The Express Lane cafe at the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal did a roaring trade with lost of people heading off to the island while a strong easterly was blowing in hot air.

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STUNNING SKY FAREWELLS CRUISESHIP

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Beautiful sky just before sunset yesterday when the Seven Seas Navigator departed Fremantle Port.

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CRUISELINERS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2018

 

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I took this photo of Fremantle Port from Cantonment Hill this morning, just from below the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue signal station.

In port are the cruiseliners Europa and Seven Seas Navigator. The $ 100 million private yacht EOS is also still at berth at Victoria Quay.

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NEW SPANISH PORT FACILITIES GOOD FOR FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2018

 

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is considering spending millions of dollars on building new port facilities south of Fremantle at Henderson.

The new port would service big LNG tankers and navy vessels, but it would need to make substantial expansion to the dry dock facilities.

At present the multinational oil and gas  giants mostly send their LNG tankers to Singapore for maintenance, but Navantia believes they could do that closer to the oil and gas fields on the WA west coast.

It would be nice to create more employment close to Fremantle as that might trigger residential relocation of workers to our port city.

Interesting to note a protest leaflet by the Maritime Union of Australia against the push for a new outer harbour at Kwinana by Kwinana Mayor Carol Adam. The MUA claims it would cost 6,000 jobs and that Fremantle Port believes a new port is not needed until 2035-2040.

It is very busy in Freo Port today with two cruiseliners I had not seen before; the Europa and the Seven Seas Navigator are at berth at Victoria Quay and three container ships and one RoRo vessel at North Quay.

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BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2018

 

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It was busy in Fremantle Port late Friday afternoon when the cruiseliner Pacific Princess departed surrounded by sailing vessels which were in the harbour for the start of a regatta.

Among the spectators was Jon Sanders, who last week returned from his 10th solo sailing trip around the world.

And there was also a formation flight in the sky in preparation for today’s Queens Baton Relay.

Roel Loopers

AMSTERDAM VISITS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2018

 

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The cruiseliner Amsterdam was in Fremantle Port for a day, so we had many of her passengers visiting the Roundhouse yesterday. They were mainly American and Canadian, but there were a few Dutchies and Germans as well, so really nice to have a long chat with some of them.

The overall feedback was that they all love Fremantle and many want to come back to stay longer, and they talk about how friendly we are in Freo and how amazing the weather and the blue sky is.

The Amsterdam departed at 5.15 pm on Thursday on her way to Bali, so bon voyage and come back soon!

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QUEEN MARY II VISITS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

 

The majestic Queen Mary II cruiseliner arrived in Fremantle Port early this morning for a day visit to our historic city.

Thousands of passengers are roaming the streets of Freo so say hello and give them some directions if they appear lost.

The ship will be leaving at 5.30 pm this afternoon.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN AN ELECTRIC CAR

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

Dutchman Wiebke Wakker will soon be crossing from Indonesia to Australia and will hopefully also visit Fremantle on his epic journey.

Wakker, which means awake, has been on the road for 687 days in an electric car, visited 31 countries and has driven 60,000 kilometres without having to fill up at a petrol station.

His Plug Me In project gets him to ask people to allow him to recharge the car batteries and he has been welcomed everywhere. See more on http://www.plugmeinproject.com

The always innovative and change embracing Dutch have a target of 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Netherlands by 2020. That’s a whole lot more than the meagre few hundred on Australian roads.

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