The number of cruise ships coming into Fremantle Port has grown tremendously since 2001, with Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announcing 2008 would be Fremantle Port’s biggest cruise season in three decades.
“When we came into government, there were only six trips per annum,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“This year we’re expecting 27 trips, which represents a massive 350 per cent increase.”
The Funchal, a 430-passenger ship that has been seasonally based in Fremantle for the past four years, will be joined this year by two other ships using Fremantle as a base: the 800-passenger SuperStar Gemini and the 1,950-passenger Sun Princess.
These additional ships are expected to significantly increase the income generated in Western Australia by the cruise ship industry.
Fremantle Port was a founding member of Cruise Down Under and has been on the management board since 1997.
In the last financial year, cruise ships generated $17.1million in WA and $14.1million of this was generated in Fremantle and Perth. This financial year, that figure is expected to double.
Similarly, last financial year 17,301 passengers in cruise ships called at Fremantle ports. This year, passenger numbers are expected to increase to approximately 34,000 and crew numbers to 12,000.
“Much of this increase can be attributed to Fremantle Port’s active involvement in Cruise Down Under, the peak body dedicated to marketing Australia and the adjacent region as a destination for cruise ships,” Ms MacTiernan said.
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