THE rarified atmosphere of the Newcastle was the setting for the recent Shipping Australia biennial Newcastle lunch.
Held on a recent Friday afternoon, the event attracted a large cross section of the maritime community from both Newcastle and Sydney.
There was a strong ‘bulk’ influence at the event, hardly surprising given the nation’s largest coal port was the backdrop.
Veteran maritime industry figure Ross McAlpine got proceedings underway before the serious stuff began.
Port of Newcastle chief executive Geoff Crowe gave an interesting presentation about opportunities going forward, particularly in relation to the trade in grains and the growing cruise sector.
Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) chief executive Aaron Johansen also gave a presentation about the future of coal, particularly from the Hunter region.
As well as the serious discussion, the event was also about socialising and renewing acquaintances.
The event began under grey skies but gradually cleared during the afternoon.