Enderby Riverside Limited, a company owned by a fund managed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, and West Properties announced the appointment of Kate O'Hara, the Chair of Cruise Britain, to lead the delivery of the new international cruise terminal at Enderby Wharf in Royal Greenwich within the heart of London.
Kate O'Hara has a wealth of experience and extensive cruise industry knowledge together with a high profile within the international cruise market.
The appointment signals a further significant step in the provision of a purpose built cruise terminal in the heart of London following the grant of planning permission last year. Kate O'Hara will work alongside the team at West Properties which will see the terminal constructed over the next two years and vessels mooring in the heart of one of the truly global cities at the start of the 2016 season.
The terminal to be known as the London Cruise Port has been designed in partnership with the cruise industry and the Port of London Authority to accommodate the largest cruise vessels which can sail up the River Thames. The enthusiasm from the cruise industry for an alongside facility which enables passengers to walk from ship to shore in a modern and covered environment has been hugely important. Vessels will sail via the Thames Barrier past the Emirates Cable Car, the O2 Arena and the iconic Canary Wharf skyline to moor close to the world famous Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and the Cutty Sark.
Kate O'Hara said: "I am hugely excited by the opportunity to become involved in such a prestigious and innovative project within the heart of London and Royal Greenwich. The views from the new terminal location are exceptional and I am sure cruise passengers will be thrilled at being able to sail into the heart of the capital. Enderby Wharf is ideally located for passengers to embark and disembark as either transit or turnaround visitors given the design of the terminal and the vast array of attractions in such close proximity to the facility. The team at West Properties has secured a remarkable planning permission alongside its partners and I am looking forward to delivering the project and welcoming the first cruise vessels in 2016."
Royal Borough of Greenwich Leader, Councillor Chris Roberts said: "We are delighted that Kate O'Hara has been appointed to lead the delivery of the new international cruise terminal at Enderby Wharf in Royal Greenwich. It is clear that Kate will bring a significant amount of operational experience and Royal Greenwich together with its partners in the new destination management company look forward to working with Kate and West Properties over the coming months to ensure the development is a superb addition for residents, visitors and businesses alike. The construction of London's first cruise terminal will establish Royal Greenwich as a global cruise destination and will be a huge boost to our local tourism industry."