Council welcomes mooring dolphin announcement

Burnie City Council welcomes today’s announcement regarding the construction of a mooring dolphin for the Burnie Port.

The investment of $1.5m allows Tasports to construct an additional mooring dolphin, allowing larger cruise ships to berth in Burnie. This provides the potential to expand the number of cruise ship visits as well as securing the future of cruise shipping in the region.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the Burnie Port, the Burnie community and the whole region.”

“Tourism is such an important industry for the North West Coast, and to know that our port will soon be able to cater for larger cruise ships is a win for the region.”

“This is something that Council and other stakeholders have been lobbying hard for, for quite some time, so it is wonderful to see it coming to fruition. Council thanks Tasports and the Cradle Coast Authority for their assistance in preparing the feasibility study and the State Government for their support.”

Burnie has been hosting cruise ship visits for 15 years, with 10 ships visiting in the 2014/15 season. It is estimated that the region received approximately $2.8m in cruise shipping related expenditure during the 2013/14 season.

“Larger cruise ships mean more passengers and that is great news for the local economy. Plus, more people will get the opportunity to see this wonderful part of the world.”

Currently ships over 285m in length are unable to berth at Burnie, which means that there are 19 ships operating in Australia that at present are unable to berth in in our port. The new mooring dolphin will accommodate ships up to 315m.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net