PORT of Brisbane is extending the car park of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

The port will oversee delivery of the extension and the addition of and extra 340 parking spaces. The staff car park will also be relocated.

PBPL has appointed Queensland construction company PPQ Group as principal contractor for the project.

PBPL CEO Neil Stephens said the extra capacity would be a great addition to the new terminal, which welcomed 138 vessels and almost 650,000 passengers in its first 12 months of operation.

“Brisbane has experienced a remarkable cruise recovery, with Brisbane International Cruise Terminal welcoming 12 different cruise lines throughout the season, including three homeporting vessels,” he said.

“And with every cruise ship call generating almost $1 million in economic benefits for Queensland, cruising in Brisbane has also injected a much-needed boost into the state’s economy post-Covid.”

Mr Stephens said the port is also anticipating a second successful cruise season, with more than 160 vessels currently scheduled to call the cruise terminal between October 2023 and September 2024.

“We experienced significant demand for onsite car parking last season, particularly during the busy summer months, and we expect similar again this year as passengers plan their cruise holidays,” he said.

“We hope the extra car park capacity will help ensure the experience for cruise passengers at the BICT is as seamless and easy as possible.”

The additional car parks will increase total onsite car parking to 1282 parking bays for passengers and staff.

PBPL expects the project to be complete in 2024.