MS Boudicca becomes first cruise liner to dock at new passenger vessel terminal

Passengers experience the brand new berth.

29 October 2019 | Infrastructure

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw

The cruise liner MS Boudicca made history when it became the first ship to make use of the newly constructed passenger terminal berth in the Port of Walvis Bay.

This berth forms part of the new container terminal built on 40 hectares of reclaimed land.

The MS Boudicca started her journey, with 550 passengers on board in the beginning of October from Dover, England.

The ship is visiting countries such as Dubai, Brazil and Australia and will finally make it back home to England after 168 days at sea.

She was built in 1973 by Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland as Royal Viking Sky for Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskap, Trondheim.

She is 206 metres long, 28 metres wide, and can accommodate a maximum of 850 passengers.

The captain of the MS Bordicca Juha Sartela said that this ship was built to travel the seven seas.

“It was built to withstand the test of time, so it’s basically just a question of refurbishing it to keep up with modern times.”

Sarteka also said that it was a pleasant surprise to hear that the MS Boudicca became the first ship to make use of the passenger terminal berth.

“We knew that there was something new, and thought it might be a terminal building, and not a berth. It is definitely more convenient when docking.”

The passengers disembarked and walked from the MS Boudicca to tour busses parked inside, instead of outside the harbour premises (as was previously being done) for an excursion through Walvis Bay.

The MS Boudicca visited Lüderitz on Monday and departed for Cape Town in South Africa.

The ship is equipped with 462 rooms, five restaurants, 2 swimming pools, three heated pools, a spa, gym and shops.