The R300m cruise terminal is nearing completion
DURBAN’s newest R300m multi-use cruise terminal is expected to be operational by 2022.
Speaking to the Berea Mail, Ross Volk, managing director of MSC Cruises South Africa, said the Covid-19 pandemic may have delayed the project, but it is currently in its final stages of completion.
âWe plan to open the facility for cruise ships at the start of the 2021/2022 cruise season, when confirmed by the various cruise lines,â Volk said.
He noted that the length of the available quay will be 340 m, while the building itself is 5,000 mÂ².
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“There will be parking for 300 vehicles, with curbside drop-off facilities for six buses, dedicated baggage drop-off areas, separate temporary screening and waiting areas, as well as entry and check-out points. separate exit for passengers, âhe said.
The passenger terminal could accommodate around 4,000 passengers.
Volk said the new terminal was envisioned as a project that will increase the number of tourists by making Durban a more popular destination for cruise ships from around the world.
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âOnce completed, the terminal will transform the port experience for cruise passengers. It will also have appeal beyond the cruise industry with its contemporary look, improved energy efficiency, as well as flexible space for conferences and events, âhe said.
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