Waterfront, marina development in full swing

These developments will see a boost in the local tourism industry.

22 October 2019 | Infrastructure

The development of a waterfront and marina was identified as a project through which Namport wants to better combine seaport activities with recreational and tourism activities, albeit through a secure physical barrier between the two.

The waterfront project will see the current waterfront area completely demolished and rebuilt by a private developer into a modern precinct. It will include office space, retail space, restaurants, hotel, a spa and conference centre in addition to public open spaces such as an amphitheatre.

According to Mr Elzevir Gelderbloem, Namport Executive: Port Authority, a sizeable piece of portland will be made available for this development. “The project will be put out on tender in the next two years to source a developer. Exact timing depends on demand, which depends on the economy.”

Gelderbloem said that the small boat marina project, already 50% complete, consists of a small boat marina and a 1.5km x 30m sea frontage land area next to the new container terminal. The marina, which will supplement the waterfront, is 75% complete. A rubble mound breakwater and a floating concrete breakwater have already been constructed and commissioned.

He added that the final phase will see the construction of small boat jetties for yacht berths and is envisioned to be built over the next 5 years, as demand from yacht owners dictates.

Already completed inside the port is the passenger liner jetty project where cruise ships can berth. The first passenger vessel, the Albatros, called at the port on Friday. Six more vessels are expected in the next few months, namely the Voyager, Boudicca, Bremen, Katharine, Queen Elizabeth and Aidamira, before the MS Albatros returns to Namibian shores before the end of the year.

Passengers will be shuttled out of the port by shuttle bus, as usual.

Investing in a passenger liner berth, at Berth 9, can see an increase to around 24 passenger liners calling in 2020, which will boost the tourism industry.

The landside part of the marina project will see the construction of small wooden restaurants and take-away restaurants that will look similar to the existing waterfront restaurants. The marina project will be linked to the waterfront project with public roads and walkways and it will be built and operated by Namport directly.

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