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 Cairns Shipping Development Project has been granted environmental approval by the Federal Government in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
This was the final environment approval by government following the Queensland Coordinator-General’s approval of the Project in February this year.
Ports North is continuing to work with both State and Local Governments to finalise other relevant approvals while advancing the Project. Tender processes for a dredging contract and wharf design are currently underway.
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