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New cruise terminal to boost tourism, jobs in SABy ATTA®
Construction work on the new R200 million Durban Cruise Terminal at South Africa’s busiest cruise port will commence in November and is due to be completed in 2021.
This was confirmed by the MD for MSC Cruises South Africa, Ross Volk, who was speaking at a media briefing in Sandton on Tuesday, adding that this is part of significant investments by the Italian, family-owned company into the country’s booming cruise tourism industry.
“MSC Cruises is committed to growing the cruise tourism sector in the country and Africa at large. We are investing heavily in infrastructure as well as training, which includes the new Durban Cruise Terminal that will also house the MSC Shosholoza Ocean Academy,” Volk told Moneyweb.
“The construction on this state-of-the-art terminal is an exciting project that MSC Cruises is proud to be a part of. We plan to break ground on the development in November this year.”
MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company with a fleet of 16 cruise ships currently operating in all the major cruise tourism destinations. It is part of MSC Group, the leading Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate that also runs extensive cargo shipping operations out of South Africa.
A decade of cruises from SA
The group has operated cruise ships out of South African waters for over a decade, largely via its local homeport of Durban to Mozambique’s Portuguese isles, Madagascar and Mauritius during the summer season. Last season (2018/2019) it handled over 130 000 cruise passengers in South Africa and saw an increase of 25%.