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Maintenance Dredging in the Ports of Walvis Bay & Luderitz - [Posted: 2015-11-02 09:25:04]


As part of the ongoing maintenance dredging programme at the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport), maintenance dredging at both the Port of Walvis Bay and Port of Luderitz is conducted periodically at intervals of approximately 5 to 10 years. Maintenance dredging involves the removal of the fine silts which settle in a dredged area over time as part of a natural process. If periodic maintenance dredging is not conducted it would result in depths in the port becoming too shallow for safe navigation.

Namport's maintenance dredging plan also includes the Port of Walvis Bay fishing harbour, but excludes the water area in between the fishing harbour jetties.

Bathymetric surveys conducted by Namport over the last few years indicate that siltation has accumulated in the Port of Walvis Bay fishing harbour as well as the Port of Luderitz to an extent that it needs to be removed as soon as possible.  Namport therefore issued a public tender for maintenance dredging in the two ports towards end of 2014 and awarded the tender to Consortium Luxury Investment 249 (Pty) Ltd / Jan De Nul Dredging Ltd (herein referred to as the 'dredging company').

The scope of works of this maintenance dredging contract are as follows:

• Port of Walvis Bay Tanker Berth to -10.4m CD.

• Port of Walvis Bay fishing harbour basin and channel to -7.0m CD.

• Port of Luderitz dredged areas to its various designed depths;

The works program for the upcoming dredging works is attached for your reference.

Should you require additional information regarding the above project, please contact the following officials:

• Anca Burger (Deputy Port Engineer) – Project Technical Information –

• Stefanus Gariseb (SHREQ Manager) – Project Environmental Information –

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