New Durban Cruise Terminal to woo in more international travellers
May 05, 2019
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: DESIGNS are currently being finalised for Durban’s R200-million brand-new world-class state-of-art cruise terminal.
The cruise terminal will complement the Durban Point Waterfront developments that will extend the beachfront promenade from Ushaka beach towards the entrance of the harbour. These are just few developments that are supported by the City’s Urban Renewal Program that aims at transforming the city centre to an attractive tourist hub, said Fawzia Peer, Ethekwini Deputy Mayor at Africa’s Travel Indaba held this week.
The logistics are also being finalised with the Transnet Port Authority (TNPA), Ross Volk, the managing director of MSC Cruises South Africa, said.
The deadline that was announced when details of the terminal were unveiled last year, is also expected to be met, Volk said.
The agreement between TNPA and the KwaZulu-Cruise Terminal- a joint venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium, a black empowerment partner-envisaged that the terminal was expected to begin operations in the 2020/2021 cruise season.
The cruise terminal would become “the jewel in the crown” of the port, TNPA said when the name of the successful tender bidder was announced back in 2017.
“As part of the new terminal, we intend to house a maritime school, which will provide a platform for South Africans to be employed on our vessels globally,” Volk said.
The long-awaited terminal is expected to boost South Africa’s share in the growing global cruise tourism industry.
Volk has previously stressed that although MSC Cruises was behind the new terminal, it would be available for every other cruise ship that called into the city.