The port of Newcastle announced that the Australian government withdrew the $12.7 million funding for the new cruise terminal project. The funding was firstly announced in 2016 aiming on the expansion of the cruise industry in the Hunter.
Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk broke ground on Brisbane’s $158 million new International Cruise Terminal. The project is planned to open in October next year, with the potential to more than double Brisbane’s cruise industry. Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said that within its first five years the terminal is expected to handle more than 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers.
Port of Newcastle’s coal exports increased 5% during the first quarter of 2019, reaching 27.3m tonnes. Namely, March volumes rose 0.5m tonnes year on year to 9.1m tonnes, in spite of worries about customs delays that could affect exports to China. In comparison to February, March volumes were up by 0.2m tonnes. What is more, the number of ships awaiting to take delivery from the port reduced to five.
The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle in 220 years of commercial operations arrived on March 18. The 244-metre Pro Alliance long range 2 class tanker berthed at Stolthaven’s Mayfield 7 dedicated bulk liquids terminal, which is a purpose-built facility serving vessels of that size. This new milestone comes after the arrival of the port’s first long range 1 tanker in early January.
Flinders Ports announced that a project to widen Port Adelaide’s Outer Harbour shipping channel and swing basin has been approved by Australia’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA), so the project can now commence. Flinders Ports has contracted dredging firm Boskalis to undertake the widening project, which will begin in June 2019 and continue for three months.
The Pilbara Ports Authority will cooperate with Jan De Nul Group to dredge the channel and further improve the safe and sustainable access to the Port of Port Hedland. The project is part of the Channel Risk and Optimisation Project that aims to sustain the long-operation, development, and future growth of the port.
Australia’s Port of Cairns will soon be ready to welcome larger cruise ships as the Queensland government announced an AUD 127 million contract for the dredging and construction works as part of the Cairns Shipping Development Project. The project aims to enable bigger vessels entering the port, and thus, increase the number of visiting cruise ships.
In its Australian ports update in view of the monsoon, ship agency GAC informed that berthing is currently suspended at Abbot Point Coal Terminal until further notice and there are no vessels alongside. There are currently 21 vessels at anchor.
Australian Port of Brisbane has announced the principal contractors for its AUD 158 million (USD 114.3 million) Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, paving the way for construction to begin in the coming months. Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning stated that the 158 million reflect the future of the cruising industry in Queensland.
Port Augusta in South Australia is expected to restart commercial shipping for first time in half a century as the new owner of the former Northern Power Station has plans to transform the site into a port facility. CU-River Mining, an Australian iron ore magnetite producer, has taken over the Northern Power Station site, as it closed on May 2016, from Flinders Power.
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