As Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth today became the largest cruise ship to berth at the Cairns Cruise Terminal, Carnival Australia said it was proud to have contributed to this landmark visit to Far North Queensland. Carnival Australia also highlighted the contribution made by the Australian Hydrographic Office, whose work increased accessibility for ships in conjunction with the deepening of the Trinity Inlet channel. Early on, Carnival Australia was involved in ship simulations that helped set the scene for larger ships to navigate the channel to berth alongside in the heart of the city. “The Australian Hydrographic Office also played a pivotal role in using high technology that confirmed that the safe operating area within the now deepened channel was greater than previously thought,” said Carnival Australia Marine Operations Director Mike Drake. “The production of bathymetric electronic navigation charts by the Australian Hydrographic Office made a significant contribution to enabling larger ships to safely enter Cairns. "The Australian Hydrographic Office is leading the way in producing these navigation aids in a number of ports around Australia. The focus on developing and using specialised charts is important as it allows full navigable waters to be shown to assist navigating teams and port pilots."