Jun 03, 2017: MSC Cruises SA (a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA) and Africa Armada Consortium (a black empowerment partner) have agreed on a joint venture that plans to position Durban as a world-class cruise capital.

This was announced by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) chief executive, Richard Vallihu during the launch of the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT), a R200-million project.

Vallihu said that despite the pressures of the global economic climate on disposable incomes, the global luxury cruise sector remains one of the fastest growing segments in the tourism industry and has the potential to grow the economy and create jobs. The Durban cruise market had grown from 75 947 passengers, 10 years ago to 191 412 passengers last season.

He said the preferred bidder, KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT), had put together an exciting concept and had the experience to deliver a facility that would be the jewel in the crown of the Port of Durban.

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