THE Port of Portlandand the Glenelg Shire Council are expected to seek additional funding for improved infrastructure to cater for the cruise ship market.
No figures have been given, but it is expected both organisations will work through Regional Development Victoria in an attempt to secure the funding.
It follows a briefing given to Regional Development Australia Barwon South-West Committee members inPortlandlate last week by Port of Portland business development manager Malcolm Geier.
Mr Geier briefed the committee on a cruise ship report completed by specialist marine consultancy firm Thompson Clark.
The consultants have suggested the SL Patterson Wharf and the pontoon area near the Maritime Discovery Centre be upgraded to cater for passenger arrivals.
The MS Europa is scheduled to be the first cruise ship to arrive atPortland on March 8, 2014.
It had been originally expected the MV Athena would have the honour of being the first, in February next year, but those plans were scuttled recently when the ship’s operator Classic International Cruises was placed under voluntary administration.
Committee member and Portland-based Glenelg Shire councillor Geoff White praised the report, saying it would help to prepare the city for the arrival of the cruise ship industry.
“The consultants have done their research in this area and the report states that in the medium to longer term,Portlandcan expect a weekly arrival of a cruise ship in the summer months between December to March,” he said.
“The report recommends that additional infrastructure is required and obviously you would do it bit by bit rather than all at once.”
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.