Queensland leads cruise recovery
Queensland has been leading the cruise industry’s recovery from the pandemic shutdown.
When P&O’s Pacific Explorer sailed into the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal a month ago (on June 2), it was hailed as a significant touchpoint in the $1 billion Queensland’s cruise industry recovery.
The $177 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal was completed in 2020, during the pandemic. At Luggage Point, 20km north-east of Brisbane and adjacent to Brisbane Airport, it is capable of docking the world’s biggest cruise ships.
The terminal is on the northern bank at the mouth of the Brisbane River in Pinkenba and was designed to berth mega-cruise ships more than 270m long.
“Having the new international terminal ready to go puts Queensland in a good position to become Australia’s cruise ship capital,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
“More cruise ship destinations than any other Australian State and great winter weather makes Queensland the obvious choice to lead cruising’s relaunch.”
+ Queensland has 14 cruise ship ports and anchorages. Itineraries being sailed now includes Cairns, the Whitsundays, Willis Island, Port Douglas, Gladstone and Townsville.
+ Quantum of the Seas is scheduled to berth in Brisbane later in 2022 and Cairns in January 2023.
+ Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 are planning visits to Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas next summer.
“Queensland is going to look a lot like the epicentre of cruising in Australia as the cruise industry continues to rebuild after an absence of more than two years,” Marguerite Fitzgerald, president of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, says.
“In coming months, it will look like a near normal cruise season with the combination of ships based in Brisbane or making calls there or to other attractive Queensland destinations.
“All of this activity is great news for suppliers, tour operators and other key parts of the cruising ecosystem.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says before the pandemic, cruise ships in Queensland waters contributed $1 billion to the State’s economy.
“Cruise ships have traditionally worked with Queensland tourism operators in ports-of-call to develop onshore guided tour itineraries for passengers,” he adds.
“That’s set to become another important sign of economic recovery in Queensland’s favourite visitor destinations. When cruise ship passengers discover a world-class visitor destination, they’re more likely to return for a longer stay.
“Changes to the way cruise ships have been operating overseas since the pandemic are also likely to deliver more business for suppliers in key Queensland ports.
“More focus on buying local means more cruise ship demand for Queensland-grown fruit, vegetables, meat and other supplies in places like Cairns, Gladstone and Townsville. Buying local Queensland produce is important step in rebuilding the cruise ship industry’s $1 billion contribution to regional Queensland economies.”
SECRETS BENEATH THE TERMINAL
Before building, the ground first had to be secured.
Two ground-improving techniques were used — deep soil mixing columns and controlled modulus columns.
The CMC concept was developed in France in the 1990s and is sort of like a “bed of nails”, with thick columns sharing the load.
DSM was developed in the 1970s in both Scandinavia and Japan. A blade stirs cement slurry through the soil to make soil-cement, which sets hard.
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