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Flagstaff Consulting Group provides specialist project delivery and advisory services to the transport, marine, resources, water, health, education, building, finance, insurance and utilities sectors. They were tasked with completing independent certification for the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal development.

“The role of the Independent Certifier (IC) requires the validation of the developer’s obligations,” said Principal, Steve Abson. “For this project, those obligations originated from the Port of Brisbane’s market led proposal and were documented into a Development Agreement. The key certification elements were the attainment of surcharge completion, the wharf structure, roads and carparks, and the terminal building designed to meet the required passenger flows.”

“A key obligation of the Development Agreement was for Flagstaff to certify that Practical Completion had been reached, in accordance with a set of conditions precedent pre-agreed between the State of Queensland and the Port of Brisbane.” Steve and his co-certifier Ben White commenced their engagement on the project in late 2018 under the tripartite agreement with the State of Queensland, the Port of Brisbane, and Flagstaff, maintaining open communication from the outset.

“The role provides a critical assurance function for both the State and Port of Brisbane and we adopted a collaborative approach from the outset.” Steve said. “The Port of Brisbane provided regular progress and milestone updates to help Flagstaff prepare for certification. including on key elements such as the passenger boarder bridges (PBB’s) that were sourced from Spain.”

“There are many unique aspects of this new asset for the Port of Brisbane, which will cater for 300m length cruise liners holding some 4,400 passengers processed through a world class passenger terminal. The completed facility provides a terrific first impression to international visitors arriving in Queensland and the quality of the asset is testament to all involved,” Steve said. “Our deep experience in major project delivery and renowned independence provided a strong platform for completing this important project role to both Port of Brisbane and the State’s satisfaction.”

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