Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) has received Stage 1 approval from the Queensland Government for its Market-led Proposal (MLP) to deliver a $100 million mega ship cruise facility for South-east Queensland (SEQ) at Luggage Point, at the mouth of the Brisbane River.
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Roy Cummins, said that the proposed cruise facility would be a vital piece of tourism infrastructure, delivering substantial economic and tourism benefits to SEQ and the State.
Mr Cummins added that Port of Brisbane had the financial and technical capability to deliver the proposed cruise facility at no risk to Government and is the logical developer of the site with the necessary experience and resources to develop and manage the best possible facility for Queensland.
The proposed location is the only viable site in Brisbane to accommodate mega cruise ships because of the following:
- Access to a swing basin for vessels greater than 270 m in length to cater for all cruise vessels calling in Brisbane, both now and in the future;
- Deep water frontage to minimize dredging costs and avoid restricting vessel size;
- Essential separation from the main cargo-related activities of Fisherman Islands;
- Close proximity to the domestic and international airports;
- Avoid air draft issues associated with the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges;
- Free from urban encroachment;
- The ability to expand if necessary in the future.
During this next stage of the MLP process, Port of Brisbane will complete detailed design and all required environmental and technical investigations, with the final proposal subject to Government and PBPL Board approval, as well as Board approval from key stakeholders.