MSC Cruises has broken ground on the construction of a new world-class cruise terminal in Durban, South Africa. The Durban Cruise Terminal is slated to be operational by January 2021.
The growth in cruising’s popularity in South Africa has led to MSC Cruises’ decision to deploy two ships to South African shores for the winter 2020/2021 cruise season with MSC Opera to home port in Cape Town and MSC Musica in Durban. The new facility will also be available for other cruise lines to use.
“The multi-user terminal will make Durban an even more desirable destination for cruise ships from all over the world, which will substantially boost tourism numbers, create thousands of jobs and lead to supplier development,” said Ross Volk, Managing Director of MSC Cruises South Africa and Director of KwaZulu Cruise Terminal
MSC Group has also invested in South Africa’s skills development with the opening of its Shosholoza Ocean Academy, in partnership with the national government’s Department of Trade and Industry.
The academy will provide free three-month training courses for young South Africans, with those who successfully complete the training course becoming eligible for employment onboard MSC Cruises’ ships around the world.