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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.
Namibia’s new container terminal 76 pct complete
Namibia’s 344 million U.S. dollars container terminal currently under construction in its coastal town of Walvis Bay is 76 percent complete, the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) said. According to a statement issued by Namport, the contract is on schedule for completion of most of the works at the end of 2018 with minor works to be completed early 2019. One of the major components of the projects is the commissioning of four new Ship Container Cranes (STS), making it the first time that these cranes will be deployed in the port of Walvis Bay. Namport has to date made use of mobile cranes to load and offload containers from vessels. The 4 STS cranes are expected to arrive from China on February 10, 2018. The project which commenced in May 2014 with the contractor being China Harbor Engineering Company Limited will have a throughput capacity of 750,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) per annum. The new port will also be connected to the existing port’s road and rail networks as well as communication systems. Source: Xinhua
Walvis Bay Welcomes Cosco
The Namibian Ports Authority, Namport, is attracting new shipping lines with bigger carriers to the Port of Walvis Bay. This, according to Commercial Executive Mr Immanuel !Hanabeb, comes in the wake of the Port’s goal of becoming a gateway port in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “The handling of the 4 253-TEU container vessel, Cosco Kawasaki, at the port earlier this month is one of the many regular calls the vessel is expected to make at the Port”, he explained. Cosco Shipping Lines includes Walvis Bay in its cargo schedule following a joint shipping service agreement between Pacific International Lines (PIL) from Singapore and Cosco Shipping.Upload News