Construction of Brisbane's New Cruise Terminal Underway

By The Maritime Executive 04-18-2019 06:13:46

Work has commenced on a new cruise terminal in the Port of Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officiated the start of work on the A$158 million ($113 million) International Cruise Terminal this week. The terminal is scheduled to operational in October next year, and holds the potential to more than double Brisbane's cruise industry.

The new terminal will be able to accommodate larger vessels that the port's existing Hamilton facility including mega-cruise ships over 270 meters long. It is anticipated to boost Queensland's already billion dollar industry by more than a billion dollars over the next few years.

Last financial year, 520 cruise ships visited Queensland, an increase of 11 percent year-on-year. Within its first five years the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers. The port has over 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season.

“That will stimulate the industry at ports up and down the Queensland coast, as we aim to increase passenger numbers throughout the state to more than a million a year," said Palaszczuk.

The terminal building is being built by Hindmarsh, and Brady Marine and Civil is constructing the wharf.