A new $12.7 million permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility will be built at the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales.

Construction will include a purpose built terminal of approximately 3,000 square metres, a dedicated car park, enhanced wharf infrastructure and improved accessibility for ship provisioning.

When not in use by cruise ships, the terminal can be used for occasional events, navy vessel visits, or other port uses.

A permanent terminal at the port will strengthen Newcastle as an international cruise destination and secure the long-term future of cruise shipping in the Hunter.

It will be built at the Channel Berth within the Port’s Carrington Precinct which meets current and future cruise industry requirements including berthing for vessels up to 320m in length.

“Cruise shipping currently delivers around $11 million per annum to the local economy, according to the Australian Cruise Association,” Port of Newcastle CEO,¬†Geoff Crowe, said.

“The cruise terminal will enable the Port to attract more cruise ships. Purpose-built facilities will provide a professional welcome for passengers and will position Newcastle as a home port where ships can start and finish their destination in Newcastle.”

“Home porting has the potential to deliver additional economic value to the region via more cruise ships, more interstate and international visitors and an opportunity for local businesses to supply goods and services for the provisioning of ships. Additionally, it complements the growing capacity of Newcastle Airport.”

The project builds on an earlier State and Federal Government commitment of $800,000 for the upgrade of mooring bollards at the Channel Berth, which will enable the port to host larger, heavier ships carrying up to 3,500 passengers.

The mooring bollards upgrade will commence late 2016 and is due to be completed in mid 2017.

Concurrently, the terminal will enter the detailed design phase. Construction of the terminal is due to commence in mid 2017 and will be completed in 2018.

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