People’s Port Festival in Bay

2017-03-15 08:18

A PLETHORA of activities - which include fish and farmers’ markets, Navy vessel tours and entertainment by renowned musicians - form part of the line-up for the first ever People’s Port Festival which takes place on March 25 and 26.

This festival is free to attend and will allow Nelson Mandela residents to witness port operations up close and experience the opportunities the waterfront development has to offer to the city.

“Our port is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities and as such is a focal point in so many ways for so many people,” said Rajesh Dana, the Port of Port Elizabeth port manager for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

“We want people to experience the exciting world of port operations and have a glimpse into the future vision of our port and the role it plays in our city.”

Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of unique experiences available in which people may immerse themselves, which include the iconic SA Agulhas, which has just returned from Antarctica and will be available to board. Visitors may also be able to interact with some of its crew and researchers.

The festival will offer various competitions and the winners thereof stand a chance to board a tug and have the unique experience and participate in the docking watch of a cargo vessel or board a pilot boat and cross the breakwater into open seas.

“Visitors can experience some of the technological advancements in the ocean economy, and the technology in which the port of Port Elizabeth and its valued partners have invested. There will also be screenings of documentaries that include the SAS Mendi, to commemorate its sinking 100 years ago,” explained Dana.

Festivalgoers can also explore the heavy port machinery used for handling cargo, including a boat hoist that can lift 90 tonnes.

“The event isn’t just about showcasing the port and the cargo that is imported and exported. Visitors can enjoy entertainment from national artists, purchase fresh produce in our fish market and even participate in water sports.”

The diverse programme of activities, demonstrations and entertainment currently includes:

. Automotive exhibition

. Maritime careers exhibition

. Ocean-based research in the Bay

. Bayworld experiences

. Virtual diving opportunities

. Water sports

. Family entertainment

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