Cape Town, 09.04.2007: The QE 2 is docked in Table Bay Harbour as a bank of fog comes in from the sea. The cruise liner was prevented from departing on time when the fog came engulfed the ship. With the tugs standing by the ship was about to be covered in fog. Picture: Jim McLagan

After years of dithering and shoving international cruise ships into unsuitable moorings, it looks like Cape Town will finally get a proper cruise liner terminal.

Transnet has issued a call for submissions of interest for the funding, construction and operation of a terminal.

The Queen Mary 2 visited Table Bay for two nights earlier this year but passengers were forced to use the windswept Eastern Mole, kilometres from the V&A Waterfront.

The iconic liner will be back next year for another two-night visit.

The proposed site is at E Berth, not that far from the traffic circle that leads to the Clock Tower Precinct, although quite a stiff walk from the shops.

Welcoming the news, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde said: “In Cape Town the income-generators are the world cruise liners that stop here.

We need to offer cruise liners a better welcome than they are getting.”

The tender notice published last week called on interested parties to attend a briefing on June 6. Submissions will close on June 29, after which Transnet will decide on the next step, according to Transnet property manager Johan Claasen. - Weekend Argus