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According to government sources, the growing number of
cruise ship visits to Fremantle and regional ports is injecting
tens of millions of dollars annually into the Western
Australian (WA) economy.
Western Australian Transport Minister Simon O'Brien said the
seasonal basing of ships such as the Princess Cruises superliner
'Sun Princess' at Fremantle was contributing to the growth of this
part of Australia's tourism industry.
"The popularity of cruise holidays is increasing each year and
Western Australian ports will continue to play a significant role,"
Mr O'Brien said.
"Our port authorities are continuing to work with tourism
bodies and other agencies to attract cruise liners through
improvements to infrastructure; management and services;
marketing; and promotion.
"Fremantle Ports is currently upgrading facilities at the
Fremantle Passenger Terminal, with an overall spend of about
US$1.6 million over two years.
"The increasing trend towards seasonal basing of cruise ships
at Fremantle demonstrates the confidence of the cruise
companies in our market and the ability of Fremantle Ports and
other agencies to provide high standard services."
Figures provided by Cruise Down Under, the peak industry
body for cruising in Australia, showed Western Australia's cruise
industry generated expenditure of US$33 million, with an
additional US$15 million in value add, in the last financial year.
There were 66 cruise ship visit days last year, compared to 46
in 2006-07. The total number of passengers and crew aboard the
visiting ships was just under 93,000.
Cruise liners based at Fremantle reflect growing interest in cruising
The 'Sun Princess' enters Fremantle Port
Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard has
delivered a 3,087DWT double-hull
tanker named 'Frecciamare' to Italian
shipowner Ciane Anapo.
Based in one of Italy's major ports,
Augusta, on the east coast of Sicily, Ciane
Anapo is part of the Novella Group,
headed by Marco Novella. It specialises in
coastal tanker and bunker operations.
'Frecciamare' was completed as 'Chem
Flower', the first of four identical vessels
now being built by Çiçek Shipyard for its
associated shipowning company White
Tulip Shipping, based in Malta. White
Tulip then sold 'Chem Flower' to Ciane
Anapo shortly after completion, leaving
Çiçek to make some minor modifications
to meet the new owner's requirements.
Although Ciane Anapo intends to use
this first vessel for bunkering duties, the
four ships are extremely flexible, all being
capable of worldwide trading, transporting
oil products, chemicals (IMO type II) and
vegetable, animal and fish oils.
MarineLine coatings were selected by
Çiçek to give the ability to carry a wide
range of cargoes while high manoeuvrability
is guaranteed by the choice of twin
azimuthing propellers and a bow thruster.
They are classed by Bureau Veritas and
constructed to meet Ice B standards.
According to Berke Çiçek, Vice
President of Çiçek Shipyard, interest from
European owners for such vessels is
strong, despite the overall weak state of
the shipping market.
"New double-hulled vessels such as
'Frecciamare' and her three sisters now
under construction are in great demand to
replace older tonnage," said Mr Çiçek.
"We are talking to a number of other
potential owners and charterers and are
confident of finding buyers who can
secure immediate and profitable
employment for these vessels."
'Frecciamare' has an overall length of
84.91 metres, a beam of 12.6 metres, a
depth of 6.4 metres and a scantling
draught of 5.4 metres.
At 1,980GT, the vessel is driven by twin
six-cylinder Mitsubishi S12R-MPTK diesels
each generating 940kW at 1,600rpm.
Çiçek delivers 85-metre double-hull tanker
Port charges to fund infrastructure development at Australia's
largest container and general cargo part have generally been
limited to the 2.5 percent inflation rate, Port of Melbourne
Corporation (PoMC) announced last month.
"PoMC has carefully considered the current trading
environment and sought a balance between limiting fee
increases to CPI in general and funding our infrastructure
investment program which is focused on the longer term trade
requirements for the port," said Port of Melbourne Corporation
CEO, Stephen Bradford as he announced the new fee structure,
which he explained would allow for ongoing investment.
"We believe we have adopted a fair and prudent approach in
preparing a pricing framework which supports industry alongside
our commitment to the ongoing development of facilities and
infrastructure for the benefit of our customers."
Under the new reference tariff schedule which will
apply from July 1, 2009, wharfage charges for loaded
twenty foot (six metre) and empty containers will respectively
increase 2.5 percent to A$36.40 (US$29.50) per loaded
TEU (plus GST) and 2.2 percent to A$9.20 (US$7.50) (plus
Goods and Services Tax) per empty TEU after remaining
unchanged last year. Similarly, the infrastructure levy to
recover costs for the channel deepening project, which is now
80 percent complete, will increase 2.5 percent to $32.30
(US$26.20) (plus GST).
A series of volume-based concessions still remains under the
new schedule but at reduced rates, including continued
support for vessels that have multi-sailings per week and a 50
percent concession rate for cruise shipping on normal channels
fee rates having paid 40 percent of the normal rate last year.
While the modest price increases have been generally limited to
the inflation rate, wharfage on liquid bulk cargo will increase 15
percent to better reflect the costs incurred with the environmental
considerations associated with bulk liquid services.
Port of Melbourne tariffs kept in check
Port of Melbourne
Photo: Andrew Mackinnon
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