On 14 December 2016, Alan Straton from MyPE wrote:
Local entrepreneurs and respected seamen, Rod Lochhead and Morven Maclean were welcomed into the Port of Port Elizabeth at a function hosted by the Algoa Bay Yacht Club this morning – In a new adventure offering for locals and tourists Stampede Cruises and Blue Pearl will offer unique boat based excursions that include, PE Waterfront cruises, Island cruises and more.
Giving the support of Transnet National Ports Authority to the new tourism offerings based out of ABYC, the Port of Port Elizabeth Port Manager, Rajesh Dana also touched on the proposed PE Waterfront saying; “The establishment of the Port Elizabeth Waterfront will not only transform the face of the physical port itself but more importantly will transform not only the entire economy of Nelson Mandela Bay but also the Eastern Cape Region.”
The Transnet National Ports Authority has based the PE Waterfront on a few pillars:
- The PE Waterfront to form part of the inner city rejuvenation project to be seen as a vital cog in the re-energising of Nelson Mandela Bay
- Restoration of the historical linkages between Port and City
- To preserve the rich history and culture of Nelson Mandela Bay with the Port of Port Elizabeth being an enabler with regards to Art and Culture
- The Port of PE Waterfront will be based on it’s people centric concept
- The PE Waterfront will ensure a dedicated precinct for leisure and recreation activities
- The centre of the PE Waterfront will be the marina development which will be underpinned by activities such as yachting, sailing, angling, harbour cruises and all forms of watersport
“It is incredibly important for us as Transnet to ensure that the PE Waterfront development is used as a catalyst transfer to ensure that we give true meaning to positioning Nelson Mandela Bay as a Watersport Capital of South Africa and of Africa,” said the Port Manager.
The philosophy behind the starting of the PE Waterfront is; “Starting off small in a big way and today’s launch of Harbour Boat Cruises will hopefully be the catalyst to having a dedicated passenger liner terminal operating in the Port of Port Elizabeth,” said Dana.
Addressing the Blue Pearl and Stampede Cruise boat owners, Dana said; “Understand that you have our full support and our full assistance in this business endeavour. We stand ready to facilitate and enable your business and we truly want to use this as a catalyst of moving forward in a small but big way as we develop the PE Waterfront.”