The first sod has been turned to signal the beginning of major construction activities on the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at the Port of Brisbane, Queensland.
“Ships that were too long, too high and too deep to dock at Brisbane’s Hamilton facility will have a dedicated cruise terminal.
“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,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
In February of this year, two principal contractors were announced to deliver the multi-million dollar project. Brady Marine & Civil was awarded the contract to undertake wharf construction and Hindmarsh to deliver civil works and construction of the terminal building.
According to Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick, this project is expected to support a significant number of jobs through delivery and operations.
“The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is supporting, on average, an estimated 245 jobs each year during construction, while an additional 49 jobs will be created each year over the next 20 years,” Mr Dick said.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said that the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is a welcome boost to the local tourism industry.
“Already the cruise sector supports more than 3.700 jobs state wide and we’re committed to growing this industry,” Ms Jones said.
The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is expected to begin operations in 2020, in time for the 2020/21 cruising season.
“Within its first five years, the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers.
“With over 180 booking confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season, thousands of passengers across the globe are already gearing up to head to Queensland,” Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said.
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