MAJOR UPGRADE FOR SYDNEY’S CRUISE TERMINAL

Two new giant gangways have arrived at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

The custom-built walkways have been designed to better support visits from larger cruise ships, some which carry over 5,000 passengers.

Arriving fully assembled, the gangways were unloaded by crane and installed on the wharf over two days.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the two new gangways will improve the terminal’s efficiency.

“These new passenger bridges will move over 1,200 people every 30 minutes. The great thing is they increase capacity and speed up boarding and disembarking, making it a much more enjoyable experience for the hundreds of thousands of passengers welcomed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal every year,” Mr Constance said.

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

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

Over 1.6 million cruise passengers transit through Sydney’s two cruise terminals: the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal, making New South Wales the home of cruise in Australia.

The 300-plus cruise ships visiting 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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