Sydney’s Limited Berthing Options Not So Cruisy

With the peak cruise season kicking off in Australia this Saturday, the Sydney Business Chamber says it is time to get serious about resolving capacity issues that are limiting Sydney’s potential as the nation’s cruise capital. 

“The cruise industry contributes billions of dollars to the national economy but Sydney is at risk of losing its share of the cruise market without a long term solution to the limited berthing options for large cruise ships that cannot sail under the Harbour Bridge,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber. 

“The newest cruise ship to call Sydney home for the next six months, the Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess, is due to dock on September 15 and will bring more than 3000 passengers to the city,” Mrs Forsythe said. 

“A recent report by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) found that while NSW accounted for most of the national economic contribution, the state’s total economic impact grew by the lowest out of all states, which can be attributed to Sydney reaching its cruise capacity and its inability to accommodate any more cruise ships during peak cruising season. 

“Sydney is not only constrained by lack of berths for large ships but the largest ships lack dockside space for provisioning of the ships which undermines the economic opportunity cruising can deliver.

“The world’s fourth largest cruise ship, the Ovation of the Seas, is unable to be fully provisioned in Sydney and is provisioned on its voyages in Auckland,” she said.

“Cruise tourism injects a significant amount of money in our economy with the CLIA report finding passengers spend on average $527 a day in a port before or after a cruise.

“The growth of regional NSW ports of Eden, Port Kembla and Newcastle is put at risk if ships cannot be guaranteed a berth in Sydney as it is possible that in future, NSW may be bypassed by ships offered certainty in other cities. 

“Sydney cannot afford to be left behind while other cities invest in infrastructure to take advantage of the city’s lack of space for large cruise ships,” Mrs Forsythe said. 

Kylie Adoranti

Public Affairs Manager

0450 784 616
Kylie handles media relations for the Sydney Business Chamber and the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney. With a keen interest in politics and communications coupled with her background in journalism, Kylie aims to strengthen relationships with journalists and to expand the awareness of the Chamber's priorities and projects.