Opinion: Berth at US naval jetty to solve Exmouth problem

Could cruise ships not berth at the US Naval jetty in Exmouth?
Could cruise ships not berth at the US Naval jetty in Exmouth?

IAM a regular cruise ship passenger out of Fremantle.

I also join a large volume of fellow passengers who prefer Fremantle to Fremantle cruises, because of their age.

There are a big percentage of passengers who come from our east coast, most passengers I have spoken to over the years have never been to WA.

We have a lot to offer to our visitors to our great State, so let’s lift our game.

A lot of cruise ships going north have Exmouth on their itinerary.

However it is not always possible for passengers to visit Exmouth, because passengers must board the ship’s tenders to take them ashore.

About 50 per cent of the time it is too windy.

The problem of Exmouth could be solved by getting permission to berth at the US naval jetty which is 300m long and has a depth of water of 15 metres.

The jetty is vacant most of the time and only used by supply ships to the base.

Cruise ships are here to stay. Every cruise ship I have been on out of Fremantle has been 100 per cent occupied.

FRANK GRANGER

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