Port Infrastructure Upgrades To Cater For Bigger Cruise Ships In Tasmania

Published on : Friday, December 4, 2015

tourism tasmania logoCruise ship visits are of growing importance to Tasmanian tourism, and the Liberal Government is determined that our regions also capitalise on this market.

 

We are committed to working to achieve our vision of attracting 1.5 million visitors a year to Tasmania by 2020, which will create many new jobs in our retail and service industries.

 

A Parliamentary Committee scrutinising the performance of TasPorts heard today that in 2014-15 the State’s ports had 58 visits from cruise ships, carrying a record 162,815 passengers and crew.

 

A trend toward increasingly larger and longer cruise ships, however, has meant that Burnie has missed out on some of the growth in cruise ship visits.

 

That’s why the Government has worked with TasPorts on its $1.5 million investment for a new mooring dolphin at the Port of Burnie to accommodate larger ships.

 

This new infrastructure will allow cruise ships of up to 315 metres in length to berth at Burnie, a significant increase on the current limit of 280 metres.

 

Today, I am pleased to advise that TasPorts has been approached by operators of four separate cruise ships greater than 280 metres in length that are keen to add Burnie to their itineraries.

 

This investment at the Burnie port will help to create jobs – this Government’s number one priority – by boosting visitation in the North-West.

 

We know cruise ship passengers calling at Burnie take advantage of a range of opportunities, from visiting the city’s Makers’ Workshop to travelling further afield to regional attractions, including as far as Cradle Mountain, so the benefits are shared across the Coast.

 

In Hobart, meanwhile, TasPorts is continuing its investment at Macquarie Wharves 2 and 3 to accommodate larger cruise ships in preparation for the 2016-17 season.

 

The first stage of the project was completed in early November and involved seabed maintenance on the face of Macquarie 2.

 

Next year, TasPorts will move into the second stage of the upgrade, which includes the installation of new fenders and bollards.

 

The total project is estimated to be $2.9 million and continues TasPort’s strong investment in infrastructure for cruise ships, following the $7 million redevelopment of the Macquarie 2 cruise terminal in 2013.

 

 

Source:- Tourism Tasmania

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