Pyrolusite imported through the Port of Walvis Bay

14 Nov 2019
General Cargo Vessel Unistar alongside while cargo is discharged


The third consignment of about 7 500 metric tonnes of Pyrolusite was discharged from the general cargo vessel, Unistar, at the Port of Walvis Bay on 13 November 2019, at the multipurpose terminal.

Pyrolusite, mainly used in the production of uranium in Namibia is originally from Safi, Morocco and intended for Swakop Uranium.

Around 5000 bags, each weighing about 1.5 tonnes, was immediately loaded on to seven trucks, about 20 – 22 bags per trip, and transported to its destination. The utilization of the Trans-Kalahari corridor, an efficient logistics and supply chain route, allows for a quicker turn-around time of vessels at the Port.


Bags of Pyrolusite discharged from Unistar vessel


Pyrolusite contains about 63.19% Manganese and 36.81% Oxygen, better known as MnO2, and the Manganese (Mn) is used as a reducing agent during uranium production.

Since January 2019 Namport handled more than 37 000 metric tonnes of Pyrolusite (Manganese), in comparison to about 29 800 metric tonnes in 2018. Another consignment of about 7 500 metric tonnes is expected to arrive at the Port in December.


Bagged Pyrolusite being loaded onto trucks


Mr Immanuel Tino !Hanabeb indicated that “according to the World Nuclear Association, Namibia has significant uranium mines capable of providing 10% of world mining output. Therefore, Namport is strategically located to provide excellent facilities and services to support the production of uranium in Namibia, thus boosting the economy.”

The Port of Lüderitz recently shipped the first consignment of Manganese destined for China. Manganese, mainly used in the steel industry, removes oxygen and sulphur when iron ore (an iron and oxygen compound) is converted into iron. It is also an essential alloy that helps convert iron into steel.

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SOURCE: Namport


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