Australia: Minister Presents Sydney OPT Development Plans

Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay has revealed plans for a major upgrade of Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) to meet the demands of the booming cruise industry.

The OPT upgrade at Circular Quay will begin in May this year – during the cruise low season – with most of the critical works completed by September.

Mr Gay, said this significant investment in the OPT demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to meeting the growing demands of a booming cruise industry.

“The announcement comes just eleven months after we officially opened the $57-million White Bay Cruise Terminal which already is proving to be a big hit with cruise lines and passengers,” he said.

Minister Gay also announced that part of the budget would fund a separate project – the extension of the OPT wharf towards Campbell’s Cove as a permanent solution to berthing very large ships like the Queen Mary 2.

Together these projects represent a $49-million investment in Sydney’s cruise infrastructure which will ensure the city continues to keep pace with cruise growth.

Press Release, March 17, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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