Work commenced on a new cruise ship terminal in the Port of Brisbane.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officiated the beginning of work on the A$158 million (US$113 million) International Cruise Terminal. The new terminal is scheduled to be operational in October 2020 and holds the potential to more than double the cruise industry in Brisbane.
The new cruise ship terminal will be able to accommodate bigger ships than the existing Hamilton facility of the port including mega-cruise ships more than 270 meters long. It is expected to boost the already billion dollar industry of Queensland by over a billion dollars over the next few years.
During the last financial year, a total of 520 cruise ships called in Queensland, an increase of 11% year-on-year. Within its first 5 years, the terminal is due to handling more than 1,100 ship calls and about 1.8 million passengers. The cruise port has more than 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020-2021 season.
The cruise terminal building is being constructed by Hindmarsh, and Brady Marine and Civil is building the wharf.