from ABC Kimberley

The number of large cruise ships arriving in Broome is set to rise in coming years, bringing thousands of more visitors to the town.

The Kimberley Ports Authority says six larger liners are expected to dock next year, with ten expected in 2021.

KPA chief executive Kevin Shellack says the port’s new passenger gangway and dredging work will allow the large ships to come and go, regardless of tides.

“The industry is eagerly awaiting the completion of the channel optimization project, which relates possibly back to those large ships increasing over time,” Mr. Shellack said.

“We’ve been able to spend significant money on the channel and make it more attractive to the lines to come here because they can berth and arrive on time without having to wait for high water.”

There has also been a 40 percent increase in smaller, expedition cruise ships visiting in the past year.

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