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  1. Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth marks its maiden voyage to Newcastle

    19 February 2016

    Novocastrians will have a brush with royalty next week, as Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth makes its maiden call at the Port of Newcastle.

    Queen Elizabeth is due to enter the Port at *7.15am on Monday 22 February. Featuring distinctive black and red livery and measuring 294 metres in length, Queen Elizabeth will make an impressive entrance into Newcastle Harbour.

    Local residents are encouraged to find a vantage point along the Newcastle or Stockton Foreshore to welcome Queen Elizabeth as she makes her way to the Channel Berth at Carrington for the day.

    Queen Elizabeth is owned by the luxury Cunard cruise line, which has been in operation for more than 175 years. Its first ship Britannia, first sailed across the Atlantic in 1840 and established the cruise line as a leader in luxury transatlantic and world voyages. Queen Elizabeth is the first Cunard vessel to visit the Port of Newcastle since 1907.

    Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the Port of Newcastle is part of a 121-day world voyage. She is the newest of Cunard’s three Queens which will all visit Australian waters during February and March this year.

    Queen Elizabeth’s 2,000 passengers will be treated to a number of planned shore excursions across the Hunter region, including food and wine tours of the Hunter Valley, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens, Newcastle city highlights, along with many other niche experiences.

    The ship is due to depart the Channel Berth at *5.30pm and will receive a traditional three-gun salute from Fort Scratchley, arranged by Port of Newcastle, as she leaves the port.

    Port of Newcastle’s CEO, Geoff Crowe, said Queen Elizabeth’s visit will be a highlight of the 2015-16 cruise season.

    "I look forward to joining onlookers at Newcastle Foreshore to welcome Queen Elizabeth to Newcastle," said Geoff.

    "Novocastrians’ warm welcome to cruise ships is a point of difference for ships and their passengers, and based on previous maiden visits, we anticipate a strong turnout along the foreshore to welcome and farewell the ship."

    Queen Elizabeth is one of 11 cruise ships to visit the Port of Newcastle during the 2015-16 cruise season. Between November 2015 and May 2016, more than 18,000 passengers will visit Newcastle and the Hunter region.

    The 2015-16 cruise schedule is available here. The best vantage point to view ships arriving and departing is Newcastle or Stockton Foreshore. The Channel Berth is not accessible to the public.

    * N.B. It is recommended that community members who would like to view the ship's arrival or departure from Newcastle or Stockton Foreshore be in place 15 minutes prior to these times.

    Pictured: Queen Elizabeth will call at the Port of Newcastle as part of a 121-day world voyage. Photo credit: Cunard.

    Media enquiries:

    Port of Newcastle - Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, 02 4908 8214 or 0428 607 537.

    Cunard – Libby Moffet, MG Media Communications, 0418 310 191

     

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  2. Lantern Walk 2015

    Community Event - Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk

    11 February 2016

    The Port of Newcastle will provide a picturesque backdrop to the Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk celebrations held along the Foreshore this weekend.

    From 4pm-8pm on Saturday 13 February lanterns will be for sale from a number of harbourside locations, from Nobby’s Lighthouse to the Wickham Fig Tree near the Yacht Club. Attendees are encouraged to purchase a lantern, creating a trail of light along the waterfront as the sun sets and converging on the Maritime Centre at Honeysuckle for a short ceremony and lion dancing at 7pm.

    Port of Newcastle is proud to sponsor this free community event hosted by the Rotary Clubs of District 9670, which aims to raise money for the Mission to Seafarers and the Newcastle Maritime Centre. More information can be found at www.lightupnewcastle.com.au

    "The Newcastle Lantern Walk is a celebration the whole community can join in on. Port of Newcastle is proud to once again partner with the Rotary Clubs of District 9670 and other local businesses in supporting the Lantern Walk. The money raised will support the valuable work the Mission to Seafarers and Newcastle Maritime Centre do in supporting seafarers and preserving our rich maritime history." Geoff Crowe, Port of Newcastle  CEO



    Pictured:
    Lion dancers at the 2015 Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk. The lion dancers will commence at 7pm in Harbour Square, Honeysuckle as part of this year’s Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk.

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  3. Cruise season hits a high note with Pacific Aria maiden call

    26 January 2016

    Novocastrians will get another chance to welcome a maiden cruise ship visit tomorrow with the Pacific Aria making its first voyage to the Port of Newcastle.

    The Pacific Aria will sail into Newcastle harbour on Wednesday 27 January at approximately 7am, docking at the Channel Berth at 8am. The visit marks one of two visits the Pacific Aria will make to the Port of Newcastle this cruise season.

    The Pacific Aria is part of P&O’s fleet of luxury cruise ships and has recently undergone a full redesign and refurbishment. Passengers can choose from 16 dining experiences on board the vessel, including Australia’s first celebrity chef restaurant at sea.

    The cruise ship’s 1,400 passengers will have an opportunity to stretch out their sea legs and explore Newcastle and the Hunter region as part of the day visit. Port of Newcastle provides a free shuttle bus service for cruise ship passengers from the berth to Queens Wharf, which runs continuously throughout the day.

    An array of tourism experiences showcasing our stunning region are also available for passengers, including food and wine tours of the Hunter Valley, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens, Newcastle city highlights and many more niche experiences the Hunter region offers.

    A traditional three gun salute from Fort Scratchley, arranged by Port of Newcastle, will cap off the visit shortly after the Pacific Aria’s 6pm departure from the berth.

    Port of Newcastle’s CEO, Geoff Crowe, welcomed the passengers and crew on board the Pacific Aria to the Port of Newcastle.

    "The Pacific Aria’s visit to the Port of Newcastle this week marks the third P&O vessel to call at the Port of Newcastle this season, following Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel’s double-header visits in November 2015," said Geoff.

    "The cruise season brings a really positive atmosphere to our harbour city. I see many passengers taking the opportunity to explore Newcastle’s city centre on foot, taking in our picturesque harbour and foreshore and doing some shopping," continued Geoff.

    "The Australian Cruise Association estimates that cruise shipping provides an injection of around $11 million per annum to the Hunter region’s economy. It is great to witness local businesses and tourism operators benefiting from the increased patronage the cruise season brings to our region."

    The 2015-16 cruise schedule is available at www.portofnewcastle.com.au. The best vantage point to view the ships arriving and departing is Newcastle or Stockton Foreshore. The Channel Berth is not accessible to the public.

    Media enquiries: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, via Port of Newcastle’s media line: 61 2 4908 8214.

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  4. Azamara Quest celebration

    Cruise ship receives unique welcome to Port of Newcastle

    18 January 2016

    Passengers on board the Azamara Quest cruise ship were treated to a spectacular evening of music, food and fireworks as part of their visit to the Port of Newcastle this week.

    The Azamara Quest arrived in Newcastle on its maiden voyage on Wednesday 13 January, part of a 10-night cruise from Cairns to Sydney and the first time the luxury Azamara Club Cruises shipping line has ventured to Australia. 

    After docking at the Channel Berth, passengers explored the region on one of the many shore excursions available, including food and wine tours of the Hunter Valley, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens, Newcastle city highlights tours and many other niche experiences on offer.

    An exclusive evening event showcasing the best of Newcastle and the Hunter's musical, cultural and gourmet offerings was also organised to coincide with Azamara Quest's visit to Newcastle.

    Fort Scratchley hosted the regional showcase for passengers, marking the celebration with a unique three-gun salute. Entertainment was provided by renowned jazz musician James Morrison and singer Olivia Chindamo. A fireworks display from Dyke Point capped off the successful evening and was enjoyed by both passengers and local onlookers along the Newcastle Foreshore.

    Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe welcomed the Azamara Quest to Newcastle and congratulated the event organisers, Big Bang Events and Abercrombie & Kent, on the event.

    "Port of Newcastle was pleased to support the Azamara Quest and its celebration at Fort Scratchley. Fort Scratchley already provides a unique welcome for cruise ships visiting the Port of Newcastle, with its traditional three-gun salute. It is great to see quality local events showcasing the region adding a unique dimension to the cruising experience for passengers visiting our Port," said Geoff.

    Pictured: A fireworks display to mark Azamara Quest's visit to Newcastle lit up the evening sky. Photo credit: AJM Photography.

    Media enquiries: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, via the Port of Newcastle media line: 61 2 4908 8214.

     

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  5. Azamara Quest at berth

    Azamara Quest arrives in the Port of Newcastle

    13 January 2016

     A mix of international and Australian passengers cruised into the Port of Newcastle this morning, marking the maiden voyage of the Azamara Quest cruise ship to Newcastle and the shipping line's first visit to Australia. The Azamara Quest is a mid-sized boutique liner stopping at the Port of Newcastle as part of a 10-night voyage from Cairns to Sydney.  

    The Azamara Quest will depart the Port of Newcastle at 10pm, following a unique function at Fort Scratchley where guests will take part in a traditional three-gun salute at 7pm. A fireworks display from Dyke Point at approximately 8.45pm has also been organised  to celebrate the occasion.

    Pictured: Azamara Quest docked at the Channel Berth in Carrington.

     

    Azamara Quest presentation

    Pictured: Port of Newcastle Business Development Officer, David Brown, exchanges a welcome plaque with the vessel's Capt. Carl Smith, a seafaring tradition for maiden cruise ship visits.

     

  6. Azamara Quest makes her Newcastle debut

    12 January 2016

    The Port of Newcastle will host another maiden cruise ship visit tomorrow. 

    Azamara Quest will sail into the Port on Wednesday 13th January at approximately 7am with 600 passengers on board, the second of five maiden visits scheduled to arrive during the 2015-16 cruise season. 

    Azamara Quest's visit to the Port of Newcastle is part of a 10-night voyage from Cairns to Sydney and marks the first time the luxury Azamara Club Cruises shipping line has ventured to Australia.

    The mid-sized boutique liner will dock at the Channel Berth, which offers deep water berthing, parking for coaches transporting passengers to and from shore excursions, and a panoramic view of the city and beaches.

    As part of the visit, Azamara Cruises will treat passengers to an exclusive evening at Fort Scratchley which will highlight the best of the Hunter's food, culture and history. A three-gun salute from Fort Scratchley at 7pm and a fireworks display from Dyke Point at approximately 8.45pm has also been organised to celebrate the occasion, before the passengers reboard the cruise ship for a 10pm departure.

    Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe said the Azamara Quest is one of 11 cruise ships scheduled to visit the Port during this cruise season.

    "The Port of Newcastle is pleased to welcome the Azamara Quest to Newcastle, and trust that her international and Australian passengers will leave with a positive impression of our great port city and region," said Mr Crowe.

    "Community members may like to watch the fireworks display tomorrow evening which will happen at Dyke Point at around 8.45pm. The best vantage point is the Newcastle Foreshore between Honeysuckle and Queens Wharf."

    The ship's arrival and departure can be viewed from the Newcastle or Stockton Foreshore.

    The 2015-16 cruise schedule is available at www.portofnewcastle.com.au.

    Media enquiries: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, via the Port of Newcastle media line: 61 2 4908 8214.

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  7. Port of Newcastle's non coal trade growth continues

    8 January 2016

    Trade at the Port of Newcastle remains strong, illustrated by the 2015 trade statistics released today.

    The Port handled 163.9 million tonnes of trade in 2015. This was a 0.3% decrease in port trade, compared with 2014.

    Coal exports, comprised 158.1 million tonnes (96.5% of trade), providing a stable foundation for its continued growth, coupled with the further growth and diversification of other trades. The decrease in coal exports is a reflection of current difficult market conditions. Despite the reduction in exports to China, positive growth in exports to other countries was recorded. The largest coal export destinations were Japan (45%), Korea (20%), China (13%) and Taiwan (11%).

    Non coal trade (imports and exports) comprised 5.8 million tonnes in 2015, an increase of 9% from 2014. Growth was recorded in fuels, fertiliser and alumina imports, meals and grains, concentrates and steel exports.

    Meals and grains have seen increases in both imports and exports through the Port. The arrival of a record 1.25km long grain train in December 2015 carrying 5,000 tonnes of wheat highlights the opportunities for efficient distribution of grain from facilities at NAT and Graincorp.

    The import of fuel is an important growth opportunity for the Port, in response to the closure of Australian refineries. The Port has three fuel terminals and another terminal in the early stages of planning.

    "With 200 hectares of vacant port-side land and a shipping channel that can handle double the current shipping, the Port of Newcastle has huge capacity for growth," said Geoff Crowe, Port of Newcastle CEO.

    "The Port's excellent national road and rail links to established distribution hubs on the outskirts of Sydney and Brisbane can generate time and cost savings for customers via co-located intermodal and berth operations."

    The Port of Newcastle is a diverse port, handling 25 cargoes in bulk, break bulk, bulk liquids and container modes.

    The Port's natural catchment areas extend west to Parkes and north to Moree, taking in Dubbo, Tamworth, Armidale, Narromine and Walgett. It encompasses land rich in minerals and agriculture, meat, timber and the manufacture of steel and aluminium. The Port is also well connected to established distribution hubs located on the outskirts of major eastern seaboard cities via superior national road and rail networks.

    Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Limited (trading as Port of Newcastle) is the commercial manager of the Port under a 98 year lease with the NSW Government which took effect on 30 May 2014.

    Cargo

    2014

    2015

    Variance

    Alumina

    1,062,453

    1,147,442

    8.0%

    Aluminium

    103,595

    64,131

    -38.1%

    Coal

    159,035,923

    158,124,064

    -0.6%

    Concentrates

    479,514

    544,074

    13.5%

    Fertiliser

    444,224

    523,381

    17.8%

    Fuels

    1,171,700

    1,465,275

    25.1%

    Tar and Pitch

    272,592

    240,029

    -11.9%

    Meals & Grains

    192,655

    422,932

    119.5%

    Petroleum Coke

    211,751

    195,607

    -7.6%

    Steel

    255,817

    224,896

    -12.1%

    Wheat

    356,241

    294,293

    -17.4%

    Other Trade

    737,243

    660,178

    -10.5%

    Total Trade (Mass Tonnes)

    164,323,708

    163,906,302

    -0.3%

     

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  8. The Channel - Summer 2015-16

    5 January 2016

    Click here to read your Summer 2015-16 edition of Port of Newcastle's newsletter, The Channel.
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  9. Season's Greetings

    21/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

    Port operations continue as normal over the Christmas holidays

    Port of Newcastle's office is closed for the holiday period, and will reopen Monday 4 January.

    To report an emergency, please call 4929 3890.

    For media enquiries or matters of an urgent nature, please call 4908 8214.

    For all other enquiries,  we look forward to assisting you on Monday 4 January.

     

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  10. Grain Train entering

    1.25km long grain train arrives at Port of Newcastle

    3 December 2015

    The Port of Newcastle welcomed a record 1.25 km long grain train carrying 5,000 tonnes of wheat to the Newcastle Agri Terminal last night.

    The Port is well positioned to support the growth of NSW's grain trade, with plenty of capacity in the rail networks to the Port, multiple grain terminals for ship loading and a shipping channel that can handle double the Port's current trade.

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