Cape Town - Transnet has given the go-ahead for a dedicated
berthing terminal for cruise liners in Table Bay Harbour, in Cape Town, it was
reported on Tuesday.
Ports authority spokesperson Coen Birkenstock told the Cape
Times the new terminal would be completed within the next two years and would
feature an arrivals and departures facility, and restrooms.
From next month, the authority would finalise the process of
identifying suitable investors and operators.
He said it would possibly encourage more international
cruise liner operators to include Cape Town on their itineraries.
Since January, liners had been required to berth in the
Duncan Dock because the home affairs department banned liners exceeding 200
metres in length from berthing at the V&A Waterfront, citing safety
Shipping agents and tourism officials reportedly felt Duncan
Dock put Cape Town in a bad light, because it was an inconvenience and
unfriendly to well-heeled travellers.
According to Economic Development MEC Alan Winde, 19
visiting cruise liners brought about 11 444 passengers to the province last
He welcomed the authority's decision, which he said would
potentially attract more visitors.
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