Tasmania’s new $7 million Macquarie Wharf cruise ship and Antarctic and Southern Ocean logistics terminal was unveiled on 17th April by the Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.
The redevelopment of Macquarie Wharf No 2 enhances Hobart’s reputation as a tourism port and the gateway for Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. It provides Hobart with a dedicated modern terminal to service the growing number of cruise ship visits each year.
The terminal has been designed to meet the needs of key customers including the Australian Antarctic Division, the Tasmanian Polar Network as well as the cruise industry. Tasports selected Tasmanian award winning architects Circa Morris Nunn to design Macquarie Wharf No 2 Shed in November 2010 and appointed local construction fi rm Fairbrother Pty Ltd as the contractor for the construction works, which commenced in July last year.
The cruise terminal will enable Hobart’s growing number of cruise ship passengers to be processed effi ciently as well as experiencing superior services upon their arrival at the port. This season 55 cruise ships visited Tasmania, with 40 of these ships visiting Hobart, bringing with them the largest number of cruise ship passengers ever to the city.
Next season there are already 65 cruise ships booked to call at Tasmania, with 39 of these already scheduled to visit Hobart.