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PICS: Namibia just inaugurated a R4.2bn port terminal so it can become a new cruise gateway for Southern Africa

05 Aug 2019

Namibia has inaugurated a new Chinese-built port terminal which doubles its container capacity and is also to give tourism a boost.

The 40-hectare platform reclaimed from the sea at Walvis Bay, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Windhoek, is to become a strategic gateway to emerging markets of southern and west Africa.

The terminal was built by state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company with funds from the Namibian government and the African Development Bank.

The cost of the installation is R4.2 billion (around $280 million).

 

President @hagegeingob inaugurates the New Container Terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay, emphasizes Namibia’s ambition to become a global logistics hub. pic.twitter.com/q98CGSy2aP

— Presidency | Republic of Namibia (@NamPresidency) August 2, 2019

 

"The completion of the container terminal expansion puts us on a firm trajectory towards realising our dream of transforming Namibia into an international logistics hub," President Hage Geingob said at Friday's inauguration ceremony.

A 'State of Logistics' report released by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group last year said the new terminal would increase the capacity of the port to 750 000 containers per year from 350 000 with the potential to go over a milion in the future.

 

Today I toured Namibia’s port at Walvis Bay with H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta. Like Kenya, Namibia is building its new container terminal by reclaiming land from the sea. pic.twitter.com/b4Q39VLKNi

— CS James Macharia, EGH (@JamesMacharia_) March 23, 2019

 

Geingob said "Zambia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, and Zimbabwe are among the main land linked, now sea-linked markets for seaborne transit cargo by volume going through the port of Walvis Bay".

The terminal also includes a dedicated cruise liner berth and a marina breakwater which "strengthens our capacity to attract tourists to our shores", he said.

 

UPDATE: The Official Inauguration of the new Container Terminal at the Port of #WalvisBay, is currently underway . The Container Terminal is consistent with the country’s drive to be the #logistics hub for the Southern Africa Region. pic.twitter.com/mSR2TK7Zgz

— Presidency | Republic of Namibia (@NamPresidency) August 2, 2019

 

According to a 2018 finance ministry report Walvis Bay has been handling around 3,000 vessels and six million tonnes of cargo every year.

SOURCE: Traveller24

https://www.traveller24.com/News/pics-namibia-just-inaugurated-a-r42bn-port-terminal-so-it-can-become-a-new-cruise-gateway-for-southern-africa-20190805

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