Australia: Minister Presents Sydney OPT Development Plans
Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay has revealed plans for a major upgrade of Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) to meet the demands of the booming cruise industry.
The OPT upgrade at Circular Quay will begin in May this year – during the cruise low season – with most of the critical works completed by September.
Mr Gay, said this significant investment in the OPT demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to meeting the growing demands of a booming cruise industry.
“The announcement comes just eleven months after we officially opened the $57-million White Bay Cruise Terminal which already is proving to be a big hit with cruise lines and passengers,” he said.
Minister Gay also announced that part of the budget would fund a separate project – the extension of the OPT wharf towards Campbell’s Cove as a permanent solution to berthing very large ships like the Queen Mary 2.
Together these projects represent a $49-million investment in Sydney’s cruise infrastructure which will ensure the city continues to keep pace with cruise growth.
Press Release, March 17, 2014