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Construction to begin on $158M mega cruise terminal

The first sod has been turned on Brisbane’s $158 million International Cruise Terminal, which aims to usher in a new era for Queensland’s economy.

Principal contractors have been announced to build the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, with works to begin in the coming months.

Wharf construction will be undertaken by specialist marine infrastructure and engineering contractor Brady Marine & Civil, with civil works and terminal building will be delivered by construction company Hindmarsh.

The Port of Brisbane’s (PBL) cruise terminal is expected to contribute $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy over the coming two decades, with an estimated 245 jobs to be supported during each year of construction and an additional 49 jobs to be supported over the next 20 years.

Early preparation for the wharf has already begun, with Brisbane based ABFI Steel Group manufacturing the 105 piles, up to 45 metres long, which are needed to support the wharf.

Piling is expected to begin soon, with wharf construction to follow. Relocation of around 85,000 cubic metres of surcharge is currently underway, with Hindmarsh to prepare the site for construction in March and begin in April.

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Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the state government had worked closely with Port of Brisbane throughout the process.

“The Port of Brisbane’s $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal signals bright horizons for the cruising industry in Queensland,” Dick said.

“Queenslanders are eagerly awaiting the opening of the terminal next year, which will be ready for the 2020 cruising season.”

PBL CEO Roy Cummins said the tender process had attracted a high-quality field, but ultimately the successful contractors provided the right mix of expertise, capabilities and value for money for the project.

“Both Brady Marine & Civil and Hindmarsh are highly regarded in their fields,” Cummins said.

“Importantly, both have strong track records for innovation and project delivery, together with the proven experience and capabilities required to help us deliver this world-class cruise facility.

“With the start of major construction of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal now imminent, we look forward to sharing the progress and milestones with the community as the new facility begins to take shape.”