The Port of Cape Town has officially opened the 2021-2022 cruise season. File Picture: David Ritchie
The Port of Cape Town has officially opened the 2021-2022 cruise season. File Picture: David Ritchie

Port of Cape Town gets ready for cruise season

By Odwa Mkentane Time of article published Dec 3, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - The Port of Cape Town has officially opened the 2021-2022 cruise season.

It is scheduled to receive vessels from Walvis Bay and Luderitz along the Namibian coast, Gough Island, and Tristan Da Cunha in the South Atlantic, all booked to arrive at the Cape Town terminal from now until May next year.

Acting Port Manager of Cape Town, Tshepo Ramonyaluoe, said: “Cruise tourism has a significant economic impact, contributing substantially to local, regional and national economies. Therefore, the resuming of cruise tourism is a much-needed economic boost.”

The local economy’s main revenues from the cruise industry include and are not limited to crew and passenger spending, shore excursions and tours, as well as vessel supplies and services, added Ramonyaluoe.

“The Cape Town Cruise Terminal is planned to handle 29 ships.

Positioned alongside Durban as one of South Africa’s two home ports, the Port of Cape Town has a dedicated world-class Cruise Terminal operated by the V&A Waterfront. Cruise tourism has a significant economic impact, contributing substantially to local, regional, and national economies.

“Therefore, the resumption of cruise tourism is a much-needed economic boost,” he said. Cruise liners scheduled to call in Cape Town this season include MSC Cruises, Ponant, Azamara, Silversea Cruises, Regent, Crystal Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.

Meanwhile, TNPA appointed new port managers at Saldanha, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, and Richards Bay, as part of its new operating model to reposition South Africa in the global market and ensure growth and sustainability.

Shadrack Tshikalange, will take up the position as Port Manager of Saldanha, Dr. Dineo Mazibuko will be the Port Manager for Mossel Bay, Rajesh Dana, Port Manager of Cape Town and Dennis Mqadi, Port Manager of Richards Bay, all effective from this month.

Ramonyaluoe said an additional leadership appointment has included that of Bonginkosi Mthembu as general manager in the Office of the Chief Executive.

Cape Times

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