Focus on Port Nolloth’s maritime economy

May 28, 2018  — 
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Port Nolloth, located on the north-western coast of South Africa, is a historic harbour and mining town.

In recent years the Northern Cape town has undergone a R39-million harbour upgrade in order to boost its maritime economy. The upgrade is part of the South African government’s Operation Phakisa initiative (part of which looks to enhance the economic potential of our oceans), and it “will better enable Port Nolloth to support offshore activities”.

So far, three Northern Cape harbours have been targeted as part of Operation Phakisa: Port Nolloth, Hondeklip Bay and Boegoebaai.

Increased fishing quotas have the potential to boost Port Nolloth’s attractiveness as an investment option (fish processing is the channel that fish products follow, from the time they are caught and harvested until they are delivered to the consumer as a final product).

Other major plans that can drive Port Nolloth’s economy include bulk cargo services for the mining industry and the development of a deepwater port for large vessels.

The town is popular with Northern Cape holidaymakers and some of the activities to be enjoyed here include snorkelling, kayaking and fishing, while its clear night skies make for some great stargazing.

The Port Nolloth Museum is also worth a visit – here visitors can see shipwreck debris, photographs and relics that tell the town’s story. Port Nolloth is a few hours’ drive from the Richtersveld World Heritage Site and the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, giving visitors access to natural beauty and wildlife.

It’s a town with an exciting future and which offers visitors a variety of activities.