Newcastle, NSW terminal design unveiled

2017-11-29T12:46:48+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Ports|

Liverpool City Council has submitted a planning application for a new £50 mill cruise terminal on the River Mersey.

The Australian NSW Government and Port of Newcastle revealed the design of the new Newcastle Cruise Terminal on 27th November.

The purpose-built terminal will cover around 3,000 sq m and will include facilities for passenger drop-off and pick up, coach parking and vessel provisioning.

Port of Newcastle’s CEO, Geoff Crowe, said the Newcastle Cruise Terminal would provide a professional transit experience for passengers arriving in Newcastle and a positive first impression of the city.

“We are excited to share the concept design for the Newcastle Cruise Terminal which reflects Newcastle’s position as a world-class cruise ship destination. The traveller experience is central to GHD Woodhead’s design, with harbour views, ease of movement, natural daylight and a generous sense of spacing greeting passengers.

“The new cruise terminal, to be built at the Channel Berth, will enable the Port to receive more and larger cruise ships in the future. Importantly, it will position Newcastle as a home port where ships can start and finish their destination in Newcastle. Eventually, cruise visits could also be aligned with major events, such as the V8 Supercars, adding another dimension to the visitor and tourism experience,” he said.

According to the Australian Cruise Association’s estimates, Newcastle’s cruise calls inject around Aus$11 mill per annum to the local economy. Homeporting has the potential to deliver even more economic value to the region via more cruise ships and more visitors and the opportunity for local businesses to provide goods and services for the provisioning of vessels, the port authority said.

The Aus$12.7 mill terminal is funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Its design was unveiled by the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, who said the Newcastle Cruise Terminal would be a major boost for the Hunter’s tourism sector.

“The Newcastle Cruise Terminal is a big win for the region and a key part of Newcastle’s revitalisation. It cements the city as an international cruise destination and will deliver flow on benefit to the region’s already thriving tourism industry. Additionally, it complements the increased capacity of Newcastle Airport,” he said.

“The NSW Government has contributed Aus$13.1 mill towards the Au$13.5 mill Newcastle cruise upgrades. The Hunter Research Foundation has estimated the projects will contribute around Aus$26.7 mill to the local economy and an additional 76 jobs through construction and flow-on effects.”

“Throughout the design process, Port of Newcastle has worked with the cruise industry, tourism representatives and Australian border agencies to factor in their requirements. Unveiling the design is a significant step and it is only going to get more exciting from here.

Construction will commence in early 2018 and Novocastrians will have a cruise terminal to call their own by the end of next year,” Crowe added. “We look forward to welcoming the ‘Explorer of the Seas’ on her maiden visit to Newcastle in February, 2019 – the largest cruise ship to visit our port carrying 3,900 passengers.”

The principal contractor will be appointed early next year.

The Aus$13.5 mill Newcastle cruise infrastructure upgrades includes:

A Aus$12.7 mill cruise terminal, funded by the NSW Government
New mooring bollards ($800,000), jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Federal Government, completed in May, 2017.