Passenger terminal for PE port if market demand exists
If the market demand exists “we will create a passenger terminal” in the Port of Port Elizabeth, Port Manager Rajesh Dana told a business breakfast this morning hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).
He said the marketing strategy for the port currently was focused on making it the “premier automotive port,” in the country.
He added that Nelson Mandela Bay had a very strong motor industry and this should be encouraged to grow and expand into new areas. What was envisaged, he spelled out, was “a fully-fledged mega-automotive terminal”.
The port, he added, was recognised as being one of the most efficient automotive terminals in Africa. With regard to the development of a recreational leisure area in the port following the relocation of the manganese and oil tank farm to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), Dana said: “we see it as being a very special facility”.
He pointed out that the rehabilitation of the area would be required after the relocation and decommissioning of the existing manganese and tank farm facilities. The Port Manager said the “exit” of the manganese facility and tank farm was “well on track”
Currently, TNPA, together with the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA and municipality, is working on the development that will link the port with the Baakens Precinct. This will give expression to the TNPA’s commitment to the concept of “people ports”.
Dana also announced plans for a Port Festival in the Port of Port Elizabeth next year, saying that TNPA was looking to partner with other corporates in this initiatives.
The PE Port Manager also pointed to a number of other initiatives at Port Elizabeth that include the rehabilitation of the slipway and a new 90-ton boat hoist facility that would complement the existing slipway.
Further, he said, two new tugs would be taken into service in the port, the first next year and the second in 2016. - metrominutes
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