Construction of the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) is underway, with 38 of 105 piles for the wharf already in place.
The new terminal will bring additional overseas income to the Queensland economy through increased tourism.
Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said the terminal would be a world-class facility, with construction on both the wharf and terminal building progressing well.
‘To date, 38 of the 105 piles for the BICT wharf are now in place, and placement of the wharf deck units is also underway,’ he said.
‘Over the next 2 months, approximately 2,000 controlled modulus columns will be installed to provide the foundations for the site.
‘This will be followed by the pouring of footings and slabs before the building frame begins to take shape.’
Brady Marine and Civil are constructing the wharf and Hindmarsh are undertaking the civil works and constructing the terminal building.
During April, Port of Brisbane was joined by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, State Development Minister Cameron Dick, Tourism Minister Kate Jones and others for the official sod-turning for the terminal building.
At the event, the Premier said the terminal was a piece of infrastructure that would have broader impacts on the Queensland economy.
‘Ships that were too long, too high and too deep to dock at Brisbane’s Hamilton facility will have a dedicated cruise terminal,’ she said.
‘That will stimulate the industry at ports up and down the Queensland coast, as we aim to increase passenger numbers throughout the state to more than a million a year.’
When the project was announced, modelling by the Port of Brisbane indicated the terminal could inject up to $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy across 20 years.
Mr Cummins said with over 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020–21 cruising season, the terminal would put Queensland on the global cruise tourism map.
‘Within its first 5 years, the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers,’ he said.
The proximity of Brisbane Airport to the new cruise terminal will also benefit travellers.
The new terminal building will be around 9,300 square metres set over two levels, connected to a 200-metre wharf with two air bridges for passengers to exit and enter ships.
Tourism is identified as Queensland’s largest services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.