Port of Brisbane to deliver a $100 million mega ship cruise facility for South-east Queensland

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) today confirmed it has received Stage 1 approval from the Queensland Government for its Market-led Proposal (MLP) to deliver a $100 million mega ship cruise facility for South-east Queensland (SEQ) at Luggage Point, at the mouth of the Brisbane River.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Roy Cummins, said the proposed cruise facility would be a vital piece of tourism infrastructure, delivering substantial economic and tourism benefits to SEQ and the State.

“We are pleased the Queensland Government recognises the need for a mega ship cruise facility in Brisbane and Port of Brisbane’s commitment to delivering the best possible outcomes for the State in the shortest possible timeframes,” said Mr Cummins.

“Port of Brisbane will work collaboratively with Government, all site neighbours, Council and the cruise operators to deliver a modern, efficient and attractive cruise facility.

“Cruise ships are getting longer and currently there is no dedicated facility in Brisbane to accommodate ‘mega ships’ (vessels longer than 270 metres). By 2020, mega ships will represent approximately 60% of Brisbane’s vessel calls and without a new facility Brisbane, and Queensland, may miss out on future visits.

“The new cruise facility will also act as a gateway to SEQ for thousands of additional international and domestic tourists every year, with substantial economic and tourism benefits flowing throughout South-east Queensland.”

A new cruise facility will potentially triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry over the next 20 years, growing to support 3750 jobs, bringing 766,260 international and domestic cruise visitors annually to the City and State, and contributing approximately $1 billion in gross output annually to Queensland’s economy.

Mr Cummins said the proposed cruise facility has the full support of Carnival Australia and Royal Caribbean International, which together represent the majority of the Australian cruise industry.

“The cruise industry wants to expand in Brisbane, and has the future demand to support it. Cruise has been one of the standout performers of Australia’s tourism industry over recent years, and this is Brisbane—and Queensland’s—opportunity to grow its share of the cruise market,” he said.

“A dedicated facility would support the industry’s planned expansion and enable Brisbane to become a base port for international and domestic cruises and a major cruise destination.”

Mr Cummins said Port of Brisbane had the financial and technical capability to deliver the proposed cruise facility at no risk to Government and is the logical developer of the site with the necessary experience and resources to develop and manage the best possible facility for Queensland.

The proposed location is the only viable site in Brisbane to accommodate mega cruise ships because of the following:

  • Access to a swing basin for vessels greater than 270m in length to cater for all cruise vessels calling in Brisbane, both now and in the future

  • Deep water frontage to minimise dredging costs and avoid restricting vessel size

  • Essential separation from the main cargo-related activities of Fisherman Islands

  • Close proximity to the domestic and international airports

  • Avoid air draft issues associated with the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges

  • Free from urban encroachment

  • The ability to expand if necessary in the future.

During this next stage of the MLP process, Port of Brisbane will complete detailed design and all required environmental and technical investigations, with the final proposal subject to Government and PBPL Board approval, as well as Board approval from key stakeholders.