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Tasmania ready for record cruise season

Cruise ships up to 348mtrs can now berth alongside Hobart's Macquarie 2 terminal
The Tasmanian Ports Corporation, Tasports, reports the 2016/17 wave season will be the busiest the state has experienced, with more than 260,000 passengers and crew making 95 dockings.

This is a 64% increase on the 2015/16 season.

This year Tasmania will also chalk up 12 maiden visits.

A major project to upgrade the capacity of Hobart’s Macquarie Wharves 2 and 3 has seen a A$2.9m investment, including seabed maintenance, a new cruise ship gangway and the installation of new fenders and bollards.

This means that in the current season vessels of up to 348mtrs are able to berth alongside the Macquarie 2 terminal, which underwent a A$7m redevelopment in 2013.

New mooring infrastructure being installed at the Port of Burnie on Tasmania’s northwest coast to cater for larger cruise ships will be completed early this month.

The A$1.5m mooring dolphin will allow cruise ships of up to 315mtrs in length to berth at Burnie, a significant increase on its limit of 280mtrs.