Cape Town : a harbour experience

Cape town a needed road to India

Located on main shipping lines (« The Cape’s road »), south african harbours became strategic in the international Trade.

Cape Town’s harbour was the first built in South Africa during the Dutch’s colonization. Other harbours sprouted up as Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London under the British’s domination.

Second largest port of the country behind Durban’s, it became an essential stop in global shipping. Its development has made the metropolis we know by now.

It mainly exports fruits, wines and spirits whereas hydrocarbon imports come from Middle East.

The harbour brags about its shipping capacity. Considered as « The tavern of the seas », it has deep water facilities and container areas. A lot of anchorages are available.

It’s also a logistical base for asian fishing boats, oil tankers coming from Western Africa and ships linked to  the diamond’s industry.

Cape Town municipality has wanted to improve its maintenance abilities and mechant ships facilities. Its skills and location make it a vital stop for southern world shipping.

In partnership with Transnet firm, the first south african freight transport company, Cape Town municipality decided to work on a planning-program to improve maintenance abilities and harbour’s facilities.  Purposes are to increase shipping capacity and good trade then ensure the best redistribution possible.

Cruising boat Cape Town, South Africa

Cruising boat Cape Town, South Africa

The amazing urban setting of Cape Town, the efficient international connections (airport) and the touristic attractiveness of the Western Cape province made the metropolis a valuable stop for cruising ships. The city affords great anchorages and high quality maintenance services.

In order to make tourist stay safer, a new passenger terminal construction is in process. It will make easier visitor’s flows landing on the south african city, improving the access to the waterfront and the Table mountain.

A second project to improve pleasure craft capacity is under study.

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