The Cairns Shipping Development Project aims to develop port infrastructure in order to secure a greater share of the international cruise ship market, enhance Naval capacity and improve port efficiencies.Read More
The State Government has approved the Business Case for the Cairns Shipping Development Project. This latest milestone follows the recent environmental approval by the Federal Government in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
The Project secured State Government environmental approval in February this year.
The Ports North Project Team is now working through the detailed planning, design and downstream approvals phase for the Project as well as securing specialist consultants and contractors to deliver the works.
Tenders for the contract to dredge material for the Project are expected to close soon.
Ports North plans to undertake dredging and wharf upgrade works in 2019 with a final project completion in 2020.
The Cairns Shipping Development Project will enable up to 1 million cubic metres of capital dredge volume to be taken from the existing Trinity Inlet shipping channel and be placed on land at a cost of up to $127 million. This will facilitate cruise ship growth for vessels up to 300 metres, with a forecast demand of up to 150 cruise ships through the Port of Cairns by 2031