Vessels in port
One dead in ship fire
In the morning of Aug 17, 2019, around 7 a.m. a fire broke out aboard the Namibian trawler "Ocean Tide", 296 gt (IMO: 7220839), which was moored at the jetty of the Seaworks Fish Processors. One of the 20 crew members on board, was found dead following the fire. The deceased was identified as 40-year-old Hausiku Mathews Sivambo. It was believed he became trapped inside the vessel and burned to death. His body was removed the next morning. The family of the deceased was present at the scene. A police investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing. Report with photo: https://www.nbc.na/news/one-dead-after-vessel-caught-fire-walvis-bay.21902
Namport’s new container terminal soon operational
NAMPORT’s new container terminal will be officially inaugurated on 2 August, and normal operations are expected to start on it on 24 August. The new terminal, constructed at a cost of N$4 billion, is expected to increase container handling capacity from the current 355 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to up to 1 005 000 TEUs. Firstly, there will be a shutdown on 17 August of container operations in the port to start relocations to the new terminal. The equipment to be relocated include rubber-tired gantries and mobile harbour cranes, while reach stackers, haulers and forklifts will move the containers.
Regional imports set to boost volumes at Namibian ports
Namibia’s Port of Walvis Bay will be handling an additional 50,000 tonnes of goods destined for Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as manganese from mines in the Northern Cape to the Port of Lüderitz. The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) has earmarked R4.2 billion for regional development, R3.3 billion of which would be dedicated to Namibian companies to benefit by contracting them on major development projects. This was revealed to The Southern Times by Namport’s Senior Commercial Manager, Tino !Hanabeb, last week. With the new container terminal to be commissioned in 2019, Namport would be able to handle more cargo and also increase the container capacity at the port from 400,000 TEUs to 750,000 TEUs per annum. On average, between 2,000 and 2,250 vessels visit the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz every year, with container vessels accounting for the largest number of visits.Upload News