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New ferries for Robben Island Museum

The Western Cape Tourism Department says the new vessels are long overdue.

FILE: A long queue snakes its way to the ferry for Robben Island. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Tourism Department on Monday welcomed news by the Robben Island Museum that it plans to obtain two new ferries.

Prospective suppliers have been given up until 14 March to submit their tenders.

The ferries will be able to hold up to 180 passengers.

The museum has been experiencing ongoing maintenance problems with the existing ferry Sikhululekile, which resulted in several trips being delayed and even cancelled.

Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde says new ferries are long overdue.

"I think for way too long now, Robben Island has been plagued with breakdowns of their ferry. Robben Island is one of our major tourism attractions and tourism icons, so I welcome the tender."