Rudman Attacks Cruise Ship Bludgers

Brian Rudman has taken a day out from bleatingĀ aboutĀ public transport and theatres to attackĀ cruiseĀ ship bludgers:

An Auckland summer wouldn’t be complete without mosquitoes taking over my backyard, the Curran St on-ramp to the harbour bridge closing for a reseal, and cruise ship operators belly-aching about their need for better waterfront facilities.

With the $18.6 million transformation of Shed 10 on Queens Wharf into a new terminal underway, you might have thought we would have been spared at least one of these perennial irritations. Silly me.
The $2.5 million automated gangplank about to be erected on Queens Wharf is no longer adequate. Royal Caribbean cruise line boss Gavin Smith says that with super-liners on the horizon, we should have two gangways to avoid bottlenecks when passengers are jostling to get on and off the boats.

The industry has also been lobbying Waterfront Auckland for an extra $5 million to be spent on strengthening Queens Wharf to handle ever-bigger liners, and a further $3 million to plant a mooring pole beyond the wharf for the use of ships longer than the 290m Queens Wharf can handle at present.Ā 
With the demands come the usual threats. “If we don’t make decisions we are in danger of the cruise ships bypassing us,” says Cruise NZ chairman Craig Harris.

If I’m sounding a little jaundiced, it’s because none of the proponents or beneficiaries of the improved facilities are offering to fund them. They’re expecting Auckland ratepayers to dig even deeper into their pockets for the economic good. Well, the economic good of cruise lines, tourist operators, foreign hoteliers and souvenir and food shops.

Maybe Brian ā€œWhereā€™s My Theatreā€ Rudman can explain why we should be funding his theatre but not docking facilities for cruise ships? Cruise ship bludgers are just as bad as theatre bludgers in my eyes.

But maybe there is something we have missed that Brian can explain?

  • Sthn.Jeff

    Ohhhh okay Brian, so the Ports of Auckland do not charge Cruise Ships fees to Berth???

  • ConwayCaptain

    The container shipping cos dont pay for the container terminal to be built or the channel to be dredged, however they do pay Port Dues which go to pay for the new terminal.

  • PM of NZ

    The hypocritical prick. Brian ā€œWhereā€™s my Theatre?ā€ Rudman banging on about user pays?

  • maninblack

    Since i have a universal distaste for all forms of bludger- why dont the cruize ship companies pay for it themselves if it stacks up so well financally..

    Same with the theatre fanciers- pay for it yourself you tight liberal elite bastards!!

    • Mr_Blobby

      I think they would be more than happy to pay for it. But the council would still find a reason to charge them for using the facility as well. You can’t have it both ways.

  • Gazzaw

    The costs of building, maintenance & the continuing development of a cruise terminal is covered by port charges levied on the cruiselines. In just about every respect it is exactly the same finance model as an international airport passenger terminal. The financial success of a cruise terminal is totally dependent on its management. The shareholders of Auckland International Airport have very little to complain about. Gavin Smith is quite correct in saying that upgrades will be needed for larger cruise ships and the port has to gear up accordingly or risk losing revenue-generating port calls. How would it have been if Auckland International Airport had advised Singapore Airlines & Emirates that they would not be upgrading facilities to cater for A380s?

    Revenue generated by visiting cruise ships goes way beyond passenger spend in the Queen St shops and a few beers in the Viaduct. There is what is called turnaround business with thousands of international passengers each season flying in and out of Auckland to join their cruise resulting in pre and post cruise accommodation, sightseeing, restaurant spend etc. There are revenue streams generated by victualling – check out the massive vegetable, seafood & meat deliveries to cruise ships in Auckland.

    The extra $8 million asked for is chickenfeed.

    • Mr_Blobby

      If the companies built the facilities it would probably cost $4 million. The council budget would be $8 million, but the actual cost with escalation clauses would be $16 million.

      • Gazzaw

        And that’s why Mr B we need a company with the management skills of Auckland International Airport which is acknowledged internationally as one of the finest airport management companies around. If POAL can’t do it then we get a port management company in who can. This has to be a full on commercial operation earning good coin for Auckland and not a a bungling, troughing bureacracy run by amateurs & needing perpetual ratepayer top-up.

  • Troy

    Rudman’s a dumbfuck. Bigger ships, more people, more money into the economy…. he should fuck off back and sit with his mosquitoes – he’s one big fuckwit of an itch that just won’t go away.

    • Hazards001

      Best comment in this thread!

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