$100m cruise terminal
12 April, 2017, 12:00 am
Cruising ‘Down Under’ is yet to be given a new flavour as Queensland readies to attract giant cruise ships with a new cruise terminal.
Namely, Australia’s Port of Brisbane has embarked on a project aimed at tapping Queensland’s abundant cruise potential by proposing to develop a $100 million cruise facility for Brisbane and South-east Queensland at the mouth of the Brisbane River.
Currently there is no dedicated cruise facility in Brisbane able to cater for mega cruise ships. However, as the cruise shipping giants invest in ever larger and more complex ships, the port saw a window of opportunity in this segment, especially as more than 60 per cent of cruise ships visiting the port by 2020 are projected to be of this size.
According to initial estimates, the cruise terminal has the potential to triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry.
The Queensland Government has granted the port stage 1 approval for the facility, and during the project’s second stage the port will undertake environmental and technical investigations, progress design and engineering work.
Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said they expected to be in a position to seek final approvals later this year and if successful, we expect the terminal to be operational during the 2019/20 cruise season.