The Port of Lüderitz is on the trajectory path in terms of shipping manganese from South Africa.
The first 30 000 tons of manganese for the year was shipped from the Port of Lüderitz on 11 January 2020, with the next shipment due on 6 February.
Since August 2019, approximately 150 000 tons of manganese has been shipped via the Port of Lüderitz.
In terms of port operation, the Lüderitz team aimed to have a vessel loaded and sailing in three days. They managed to load 12 000 tons per day, which is perceived as a world-class competitive operation. The goal is to move from one shipment monthly to two shipments per month, as the target is to export 60 000 tons per month.
This is of great significance to the Namibian economy, as several stakeholders are involved, namely Namport, TransNamib, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mine, Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), the Road Fund Administration, private transporters and Trade Port Logistics.
Manganese is mainly used in the steel industry and removes oxygen and sulphur when iron ore (an iron and oxygen compound) is converted into iron. It is also an essential alloy, which helps in the conversion of iron into steel, which destined for international markets.