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Ports Authority recognised for hydrographic excellence
Friday, December 1, 2017, Pilbara, Australia
Pilbara Ports Authority’s Tidal Model Project has won the Hydrographic Excellence Award 2017 from the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute’s Hydrographic Commission.

In 2012, PPA started the tidal study project at Port Hedland, which resulted in a redefined lowest astronomical tide model or hydroid unique to Port Hedland channel. This enabled extra depth availability in the channel, increasing the average draft of bulk carriers up to 71cm, thereby allowing them to carry more cargo. According to PPA, every 10cm of draft equals about 1200 tonnes of extra cargo per vessel.

The redefinition has also extended the available sailing period by 30 minutes, allowing more vessels at every high tide.

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Cruise Terminal design unveiled
Friday, December 1, 2017, Newcastle, Australia
The NSW Government and Port of Newcastle have revealed the design of the new Newcastle Cruise Terminal which will transform the cruise passenger experience in Newcastle.

The purpose-built facility will cover approximately 3,000m2 and will include facilities for passenger drop-off and pick up, coach parking and vessel provisioning….

…The $12.7 million Newcastle Cruise Terminal is funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund.

The design was unveiled by the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, who said the Newcastle Cruise Terminal would be a major boost for the Hunter’s tourism sector….

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Source: Extracts from Port of Newcastle – – news release

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