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Old May 12th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #1
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#Durban Cruise Terminal - Mixed Use - Point | Planned

Good to see the plans getting tighter, but 2015 is still a way off!

Cruise terminal plan for Durban
May 12 2011 at 10:25am



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A decision on a cruise ship terminal in Durban is to be made by September and, if all goes to plan, South Africa’s first dedicated cruise terminal would be built and commissioned by July 2015.

Transnet’s Durban Port manager, Ricky Bhikraj, said this at the inaugural Seatrade Africa Cruise Forum at Zimbali yesterday.

“Seatrade Africa being hosted in KwaZulu-Natal comes at an exciting time, when we are conceptualising a cruise terminal for Durban.”

Bhikraj said a feasibility study was under way for the terminal, which would be built at A and B berths.

These were strategically adjacent to the Durban Point Waterfront Development.

“We are looking at a 32 000m2 area and a 9 000m2 terminal with about 700m of quay. As part of the feasibility, we are talking to users and stakeholders.

“By June 2015, construction should be complete and it would be commissioned by July 2015.

“We are looking intovarious funding options, including building and operating it ourselves or as part of a joint venture public-private partnership.

“We want the proposed cruise terminal (to be) at Durban Point to dovetail with the city’s regeneration efforts and development there, and because of the proximity to tourist attractions such as uShaka.”

Input from the cruise industry showed it favoured a terminal that would provide for at least two large ships and 5 000 passengers.

“They also want equitable access to the terminal and are willing to invest in the venture,” Bhikraj said.


Seatrade speakers said the lack of proper infrastructure was an obstacle to cruise tourism growth in Africa.

Other issues were piracy, port costs and service standards.

James Seymour, of the Cruise the Indian Ocean Association, said the number of visits by cruise ships to Durban had doubled since 2004, and stood at 67 this season.

Bhikraj said the number of cruise passengers visiting Durban had increased from 42 576 in 2004/05 to 157 424 in 2010/11.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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So we could (and probably will) have a dedicated cruise terminal by the end of 2015? That's excellent news! I can wait four years. And 9,000 m2 sounds like a decent size to begin with. I am supposing this is separate to the proposed HQ of Transnet, which could form part of this proposed 32,000m2, 700m length development.

Here's the layout of the port. Not sure exactly where A and B berths are, but I am supposing A berth begins immediately after the NSRI building, right at the bottom of the light blue line...






Source: http://www.kzntransport.gov.za/publi...index_xml.html
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Old September 19th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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Durban Port has just been voted leading cruise port in the regional World Travel Awards. Again highlights that the city's cruise tourism industry is growing, and that a dedicated cruise terminal is essential to the city's cruise tourism growth.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:09 AM   #4
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Below is the presentation given at the African Renaissance conference that was held on the 4/5 August.

Great progress being made.

http://www.ebandla.co.za/uploads/Por...iseTourism.pdf
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:29 AM   #5
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Nice that they're making progress....

I think of the examples they posted, I like Falmouth the most...
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:40 AM   #6
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Good find! Good to see timelines. Seems we could have a multipurpose terminal (with airbridges) in just over 3 years. Nice!
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never seen the whole airbridges thing for a cruise terminal. Looks real cool. and if like many of those examples, will really blend in and be an asset for the Point. The open halls and stuff will have good exhibition/conference uses.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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More reasons for a dedicated terminal for Durbs: a bigger cruise ship is going to be based in the harbour soon...

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Article By: Travel Industry Review
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 2:05



After a successful summer cruising season, MSC Starlight Cruises says it will boost capacity on local sailings to record levels with the introduction of its 1700-passenger MSC Opera during the 2012/13 summer season.

The Opera will operate the seasonal programme together with the Sinfonia, which has been positioned locally for the past three seasons. Together, they will allow for an additional 135 000 passenger bookings over the course of the upcoming season, surpassing the previous record by nearly 25 000.

After leaving South Africa, the MSC Melody will continue to operate a series of Mediterranean cruises during the European summer season, but it is still to be determined where the ship will be based during the winter months.

Identifying cruising as the fastest growing sector of the travel industry worldwide and in South Africa, Head of Marketing, Allan Foggitt, said: "The decision to send both MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia to South Africa for the upcoming 2012/2013 season shows the level of commitment MSC Cruises has to the South African market. We will continue to invest in the destinations and the development of port infrastructure to continuously improve the product and the guests’ overall experience."

The Opera is slated to arrive in Cape Town on November 19 and will operate out of Durban from November 22 until early March 2013, taking over the Mozambique three- and four-night cruises from Sinfonia.

The Sinfonia will arrive in Cape Town on November 28 and operate cruises to Mossel Bay, Hermanus, Walvis Bay, Luderitz and a new, 11-night roundtrip cruise to Walvis Bay and St Helena.

It will also operate longer cruises from Durban to Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion, plus a number of coastal cruises between Durban and Cape Town, calling at Port Elizabeth and East London.


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Old February 15th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #9
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the dedicated cruise terminal is a GIVEN. After the state of the address it is 100% confrimed to be happening.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:47 AM   #10
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Today's headline article in the Mercury's Network supplement is on the mounting pressure for a dedicated cruiseline terminal in Durbs. MSC Cruises is ramping up the pressure by bringing the MSC Opera (which has 856 cabins vs Sinfonia's 777). The director of MSC cruises says that waiting until July 2015 for the terminal to be comissioned, which what Durban Port's manager said last May at the Seatrade Africa Cruise Forum in Zimbali last year, was too long to wait. MSC wants construction to start in 2013. Cost estimates are still between R800m and R2b, and Berth A bordering the Point Waterfront was still the envisaged location for the terminal.

The head of infrastructure for Transnet Ports said that the R21.1b earmarked for Durban Port upgrades over the next 7 years excludes the new passenger terminal (and, of course, the dig-out port).

Very exciting times for Durban!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 12:05 PM   #11
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the terminal was always planned for opening in 2015 by Transnet... MSC obviously would want it sooner and have stated previously that it should be 2014.

The interesting thing with the latest report is the public/private angle. This will be a better fit in my view, and will lead to it being a more dynamic development with better space utilisation (conference potenial, office space etc).

They however NEED to be more aggressive in getting this out the start blocks and i think the invitation of tenders of design is the right first step.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:53 PM   #12
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Here's the article...

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Pressure builds for new cruise terminal
February 22 2012 at 01:16pm
By Suren Naidoo and Terry Hutson



The younger, more modern and larger MSC Opera, which will make Durban its South African homeport for the 2012/2013 cruise season, replacing the MSC Sinfornia.

Italian cruise line MSC Cruises is piling on the pressure for Transnet to build a new cruise terminal in Durban by announcing plans to operate a bigger and more modern cruise liner out of Durban for the next summer season.

The company is bringing out the luxurious MSC Opera to South African waters for her maiden season from November. She replaces the slightly smaller MSC Sinfonia, which will operate out of Cape Town for the next season.

The move represents a major vote of confidence in the local cruise tourism industry by MSC Cruises, which has been calling for Transnet to expedite plans for building a cruise terminal in Durban. For the 2012/2013 summer season the company effectively plans to operate two large Sinfonia-class cruise ships, each with a more than 2 000 passenger capacity, out of South African waters for the first time.

MSC Sinfonia will replace the 1 500-passenger MSC Melody, which operated out of Cape Town this season and began her return journey to Europe on Monday.

While MSC Sinfonia’s new South African home port would be Cape Town, she will still be seen in east coast waters together with MSC Opera for the peak December season’s longer cruises out of Durban to Mauritius.

MSC Cruises’ announcement follows what is heading to be a bumper cruise season. Three weeks ago, its local company, MSC Starlight Cruises, reported that it had already carried more than 100 000 passengers on the MSC Sinfonia and MSC Melody for the present SA summer. MSC Sinfonia only leaves Durban for Italy at the end of March and still has a number of three and four-night cruises to Mozambique to undertake.

“The decision to send both MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia to South Africa for the coming 2012/2013 season shows the level of commitment MSC Cruises has to the South African market,” said Allan Foggitt, head of marketing at MSC Starlight Cruises. “We will continue to invest in the destinations and the development of port infrastructure to continuously improve the product and the guests’ overall experience,” he added.

MSC Cruises’ success out of Durban has seen Transnet seriously considering plans to go ahead with the building of a modern cruise terminal adjacent to the Durban Point Waterfront inside the harbour.

Questioned about the status of the cruise terminal plan during a tour of the port last week, Hamilton Nxumalo, head of infrastructure at Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA), said nothing had been finalised.

“No decision has been made, despite a pre-feasibility study having been undertaken… We are spending about R21.3 billion in upgrades to the Durban Port over the next seven years, which is part of the R300bn infrastructure spending plan mentioned by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address. The R21.3bn that TNPA is spending in Durban does not include money set aside for the cruise terminal,” he said.

Nxumalo said Transnet was looking for a partner to invest in the cruise terminal development either as a public-private partnership or some sort of joint venture.

“It will cost anything upwards of R800m. But we are yet to put out tenders calling for expressions of interest from possible partners or investors,” he said.

The TNPA envisages the terminal being developed near the harbour’s entrance channel at berth A, which would provide easy access to the Point Waterfront and beachfront for cruise passengers.

In 2010 The Mercury reported former TNPA boss Khomotso Phihlela as saying the plan for Durban was to have an integrated cruise liner terminal. He said it could cost up to R2bn and would be ready by 2014.

“The study is to identify the best location for such a facility and what needs to be done to make it sustainable. This is why we are looking at an integrated cruise passenger terminal adjoining the Durban Point Waterfront,” he said at the time.

Durban Port manager Ricky Bhikraj told the Seatrade Africa Cruise Forum at Zimbali last May that if all went to plan Durban would have a cruise terminal commissioned by July 2015.

But Stefano Vigoriti, a director of MSC Cruises, said a plan needed to be finalised and construction under way by 2013.

“Insufficient infrastructure for cruise tourism in Durban won’t stall growth for now… But, it could inhibit growth in the future and business could go elsewhere.”

MSC Opera will arrive in Durban on November 22. Although regarded as sister ships, MSC Opera offers more cabins than Sinfonia – 856 for Opera versus 777 for Sinfonia.


http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/pressur...inal-1.1240215
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Looks like something concrete is now in the works. Even CT may get a dedicated cruise terminal too. Exciting times for SA's cruise industry...

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Cruise terminal will revitalise waterfront
May 23 2012 at 12:29pm
By Terry Hutson

A rather significant item of advertising appeared in The Mercury last Friday when Transnet National Ports Authority invited interested parties to submit “expressions of interest” for the funding, design, construction and operation of Durban’s future cruise passenger terminal.

That the ports authority intends going ahead with this project has been reported previously, but this is the first positive step in the process of moving with the project.

What makes it even more interesting is that the approach is somewhat different from that of last year, when Transnet indicated that it might go ahead on its own to provide the facility.

With the process having been delayed, the schedule for the tender process is now tight, although it is believed that several parties have already expressed interest.

There is a compulsory briefing meeting taking place on Friday, June 1, and the submission of documents has to be made by 10am on June 29, which doesn’t leave much time for deliberation.

During the immediate past cruise season which ended in April, more than 120 000 cruise passengers visited SA, of which between 80 000 and 90 000 called at Durban. Of this, the majority would have been passengers on the MSC Sinfonia or MSC Melody, ships which originated and ended their respective cruises in the port.

Passengers on these ships (MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia for the 2012/13 cruise season) will be the main users of a future cruise terminal, whereas passengers arriving on ships that are simply passing through Durban and which spend less than a day in the port are unlikely to have much need of a dedicated cruise terminal. Their main goal is to disembark from the ship soon after arrival and board buses or taxis that whisk them away to local tourist attractions.

Such passengers will make use of the terminal facilities only if time permits.

The other factor that Transnet will no doubt be taking into consideration is that the cruise season lasts for only half the year, usually between November and April, after which few if any passenger ships will call, unless Durban can succeed in attracting an all-year cruise schedule among cruise operators.

So whoever opts to develop and operate the new cruise terminal will have to figure out what to do with the building for the other half of the year. It is clear, therefore, that Durban’s new cruise terminal will have to be multipurpose with other activities included that can take place within its structure.

The terminal is being planned for the area known as berth B at the Point, which lies in close proximity to the Point Waterfront development. There are suggestions that because of this closeness, the new cruise terminal will complement the Point development.

We could, therefore, see a return of waterside restaurants and pubs such as we had in the days before the harbour entrance was widened. Allied to the promised reopening of the North Pier breakwater, this could revitalise what has become a stagnant Point waterside development.

The proposed cruise terminal will be operated on a common user basis, meaning that no one company may have a monopoly over its use. The tight schedule calls for the terminal to be in operation by the end of 2015.

Also of interest is that of a second tender notice calling for similar expressions for a cruise terminal at Cape Town – the first time there has been an indication that Transnet is willing to provide the wharfside space in that port for a dedicated passenger terminal.


http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/cruise-...ront-1.1302952
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great to see the needed steps being taken. there has been much going on in the background. Will be interesting to see who steps forward to tender, as the right bidder is obviously crucial for the scale/dynamic of the development
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The tender info..

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Transnet issues tender notices for cruise terminals at Durban and Cape Town

Transnet National Ports Authority has issued tender notices calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from interested parties to fund, build and operate cruise terminals at the ports of Durban and Cape Town.

The inclusion of a proposed cruise terminal at Cape Town is a little unexpected as this hasn’t been spoken of previously but will be welcomed by the tourism and cruise industries as something long overdue, particularly since immigration authorities prevented cruise ships from using the V&A Waterfront. The decision to go for a private developer and operator probably made the decision to include Cape Town a lot easier. The proposed Durban terminal has on the other hand been known about for some time with a dedicated site at A/B berths on the Point having been set aside for its development.

The real surprise with the announcement however is that TNPA has moved its position from wanting to partially fund and operate the terminal itself, to calling for outside stakeholders to undertake the funding, design, building and operation.

With the local cruise season lasting a maximum of six months between November and April each year, whoever expresses interest in the project or projects will face the challenge of having to go the route of a multi-purpose terminal in which other activities can take place. In Durban this could take the form of restaurants and pubs that will overlook the working harbour – something the port last enjoyed prior to the harbour entrance widening project of a few years ago.

EOI documents have to be submitted to TNPA at either the Port of Durban or Port of Cape Town, whichever is appropriate, by 6 June 2012, with tender submissions to be handed in by 10am on 29 June 2012.

http://ports.co.za/news/news_2012_05_21_01.php
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Wow...TransNet actually doing something right for a change!

Will be interesting to see how this develops.
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agree...what will be key from a CT perspective though is what site they want to use and how appealing that is to private developers...

The Durban site we know and you can definately build a promising case for it... but if the CT one is in the middle of the shipping area well away from recreation areas, a mixed use development will be less likely and then less appealing to private sector developers.
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agree...what will be key from a CT perspective though is what site they want to use and how appealing that is to private developers...

The Durban site we know and you can definately build a promising case for it... but if the CT one is in the middle of the shipping area well away from recreation areas, a mixed use development will be less likely and then less appealing to private sector developers.
That's not going to be a problem:

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