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11/07/2019 04:48 PM

Ship delivers new gangways to Sydney cruise terminal

Two new gangways have been delivered by ship to Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay after a 45-day ocean voyage.

Arriving fully assembled on the cargo vessel Helvetia [AG] on 11 July, two new gangways have been unloaded by crane and installed into place on the Overseas Passenger Terminal wharf.

The two giant gangways— technologically advanced Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) — have been custom-built to better support visits from cruise ships including Quantum-class vessels that can carry over 5,000 passengers.

Together, they will improve the terminals operational efficiency, increase capacity and allow for quicker and easier embarkation and debarkation for passengers.

Managed and operated by Port Authority of New South Wales, the Overseas Passenger Terminal welcomes visits from over 200 cruise ships and hundreds of thousands of cruise passengers each year.

Following a period of testing and commissioning, the SPBBs will be operational in time for the 2019/20 cruise season.

The installation of the new SPBBs builds on the NSW Government’s significant investments in Sydney’s cruise terminal facilities to ensure the city’s position as the leading cruise tourism destination in Australia.

Over 1.5 million cruise passengers transit through Sydney’s two cruise terminals each year — the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal — making New South Wales the home of cruise in Australia.

The 300-plus cruise ships that visit New South Wales each year generate $2.75 billion for the state’s economy, support almost 10,000 jobs and generate $800 million in wages.

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