Maritime Matter of the Week

Offshore Cruise Terminal Debate Continues On Australia’s Gold Coast

Ricardo V. Alsina

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Ricardo (Rick) V. Alsina is an accomplished maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. An active trial lawyer, Mr. Alsina has been with the firm for over 16 years. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America ® and his firm is named to Best Law Firms by US News & World Report ®. In addition, Rick has earned a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV – the highest rating for legal ability and professional and ethical standards in the industry.

When you set out on a cruise vacation, you likely have high expectations. Whether you’re looking forward to the days at sea or the exciting shore excursions, it makes sense that you would be preoccupied with all of the sights and sounds you’re about to experience. So, naturally, the logistics of what it took to get your cruise ship from point A to point B may be far from the front of your mind.

We understand. As a maritime law firm, we know that the main concern for cruise passengers is that they make positive memories during their trip and return home safe and sound. However, in order for that trip to be possible, a series of logistical steps must be taken before a ship is ever allowed in port.

A recent story out of the growing cruise ship base of Australia reminds us that creating terminals for cruise ships is not as simple as you might imagine.

Would the Terminal be Worthwhile?

This week, four councilors voted against building an offshore cruise ship terminal along the Gold Coast of Australia. For almost twenty years, discussions have swirled around whether or not this terminal could or should be built. In the latest vote, councilors expressed their concerns over the projected numbers offered up in the most recent report.

A key figure in arguing for the construction of this new port relies on an assumption that the numbers of cruise ships will continue to increase at an exponential rate. Unfortunately, councilors were not convinced that those numbers were accurate. Combined with issues around funding and the transportation services required to bring passengers from the offshore terminal to the shore, it seems that, for now, this project is on the rocks.

We respect the right of each city’s council members to determine the most beneficial way in which to allocate funds. After all, a cruise terminal is a big commitment, especially one that is offshore. Constructing a terminal offshore poses a greater risk for accident and injury, as passengers would need to be shuttled to shore in order to begin their day of exploration.

There is nothing worse than passengers having a second-rate experience because the community’s heart was not in the construction of a proper terminal. So, in this case, we trust that the Gold Coast council members will make the right choice.

LMAW is Here for You

We hope that this will allow cruise passengers to continue to enjoy a safe and accident-free vacation when they sail around the coast of Australia. However, even the most prepared of individuals can fall victim to accident and injury. And when this happens, you can rest assured that a maritime lawyer on our team is here to help.

No matter where you are in the world, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman, P.A. is on hand to ensure you navigate your tricky legal situation with ease. So if you have questions and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.

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