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 04 Oct 2023

Otjozondjupa region was the overall winner in the Namport Maritime Debating Competition 2023


Namport recently concluded its second annual Maritime Week, a key initiative of the Namport Social Investment Fund. A noteworthy inclusion in this year's event was a vibrant debating competition skillfully organized by the Namibian Schools Debating Association with the backing of the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture. This addition rendered the Namport Maritime Week event even more momentous.

Over the course of five days, this event gathered proficient debaters from thirteen out of Namibia's fourteen regions, providing a comprehensive representation from across the country. The participating teams included students in Grades 9-11, hailing from multiple schools within each respective region.

The Namport Maritime Week commenced with the regions debating against one another with the finals of the debating competition being held during the official opening of the Namport Maritime Week. The students were exposed to the various facilities of Namport to further understand the practical and theoretical aspects of the maritime industry.

The exciting climax featured a spirited debate between the Otjozondjupa and Kavango East regions, both vying for the coveted grand prize. The final debate centered around the motion: "This house believes that Maritime Education should be mandatory at the school level."

Following an hour of spirited deliberation, the Otjozondjupa region emerged as the victors, securing a substantial prize of N$500,000.00 for their region courtesy of Namport, along with a cash reward of N$5,000.00 per team member, generously sponsored by Engen. The  N$500,000.00 will be utilized for a commendable cause determined by the winning region, in collaboration with Namport as the primary event sponsor.


Kavango East walked away as the second runner up in the Namport Maritime Debating competition 2023


Namport in no particular order extends its gratitude to the following sponsors who played a pivotal role in ensuring the resounding success of the event:

  • Engen

  • Bank Windhoek

  • Namdock• Total Energies

  • Guan’s Packing

  • MM Signs

  • Vybrands

  • Walvis Bay Municipality

  • ErongoRed

  • Sanitech

In addition to the captivating debating competition, Namport opened its gates to the public during the Port open days. More than 2000 visitors had the unique opportunity to interact with on-site exhibitors and explore two vessels for a comprehensive understanding of the maritime industry.

Namport would like to extend its appreciation to the following exhibitors:

  • Namibia Fisheries Institution (NAMFI)

  • Namdock

  • Telecom

  • Walvis Bay Municipality

  • Ministry of Defence (Navy)

  • ErongoRed

  • Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Namibian Navy for providing their vessels

  • Namibia Revenue Agency (NAMRA)

  • Namibian Police Water Wing

  • AfriYoung Hoteliers Academy

  • Operatec Maritime and Industrial Training College (OMITC) Namibia

  • Namibian Association for Offshore Service Providers

Namport's second Annual Maritime Week, with its enthralling debates and public engagement, was an exceptional success, thanks to the collaborative efforts of its sponsors and partners.

The activities were an extension of World Maritime Day which is celebrated annually on the last Thursday of September.


SOURCE: Namport