Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Mooring dolphin brings in bigger ships

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line
Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

A $1.74m mooring dolphin has allowed the Tasmanian port of Burnie to host its largest cruise ship.

According to TasPorts (which paid for the new infrastructure), the dolphin increased the size of ships able to berth at Burnie from 285metres to 315metres, enabling the 294metre Norwegian Jewel to pay its first visit.

The mooring dolphin was available for use from January 2017.

Photo: Ellie Oddie-Jones / TasPorts
Mooring dolphin in use with the Norwegian Jewel.
Photo: Ellie Oddie-Jones / TasPorts

TasPorts general manager customer management, Kevin Moore, was delighted with the outcome.

“TasPorts is committed to ensuring our port infrastructure is fit for purpose and meets the needs of the growing cruise industry and community interests,” he said.

“Tasports’ new mooring infrastructure in Burnie is vital in accommodating larger generation cruise ships operating in the region.

“TasPorts is an engaged member of the community, and our investment in vital infrastructure benefits trade, tourism and the wider community.”

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