Cape Town’s 200 metre cruise terminal one step closer


Previously, Future Cape Town reported on the call for expressions of interest (EOI) from interested parties to fund, build, and operate cruise terminals in Durban and Cape Town. There is now updated information regarding the call, ‘For the Design, Development, Financing, Construction, Operation and Maintenance And Transfer of the New Cruise Terminal Facilities Measuring 24 676M at “E” Berth for the Period Of 20 Years’ – detailing the site dimensions and portion of land to be dedicated to the facilities.

The cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town which comprises the Facilities, will be on the site located at “E” Berth on a portion of land measuring 24,676sqm with a maximum draft of 9.9m, Bollard pull of 50 tons and berth length of 198m.

Of special note from the release: in respect of the Port of Cape Town, a bidder/applicant is expected to have discussions with a (Municipal) Planning Authority concerning the design of the facility and the choice of construction materials to be used. Details of such discussions will be required by the Port. For background, please see our previous coverage on the call for cruise terminals below.

Future Cape Town has regularly been engaging on the issues surrounding the cruise terminal which includes the initial vision for Table Bay Harbour in 2040, the potential of using the E-berth as the dedicated site, the thought piece by Guy Lundy on the need for a cruise terminal and the extract from the Cruise Liner Study for Southern Africa commissioned by the National Cruise Liner Steering Committee, which evaluated the suitability of Cape Town as a homeport for cruise ships.

In addition to this, we previously sourced the views of a traveller, who shared his views about the state of the current cruise facilities, and the conditions travelers faced when arriving in and departing Cape Town.

Local government, provincial government and business, have for some time lobbied for the construction of a cruise terminal, as an important piece in the puzzle to grow demand for Cape Town, and to stimulate tourism. Opposition to the plan has often been centred around the competing priorities surrounding basic services, and the need for other pieces of infrastructure which would serve the broader Cape Town. Other rumours have suggested that the funding of the cruise terminal development may be linked to the imminent arrival of a second casino licence within the Cape Town metropolitan region.

More recently, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde welcomed the first cruise liner to the Western Cape for the summer season. According to Winde, “in 2011, 19 visiting cruise liners brought approximately 11 144 passengers and 6342 crew members to the Western Cape, sustaining a significant number of jobs in our flourishing tourism industry”. In late 2012, Transnet confirmed the process to go ahead with cruise terminals in Cape Town and Durban.