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Manganese exports from Port of Lüderitz to double in 2020

Manganese being loaded onto the MS Ozgur Aksoy vessel

The Port of Lüderitz is on the trajectory path in terms of shipping Manganese from South Africa. On 11 January 2020, the first 30 000 tons for the year was shipped. 150 000 tons of Manganese were shipped thus far since 30 August 2019.

In terms of port operation, the Lüderitz team aimed to have the vessel loaded and sailing in three days.  Therefore, the team was able to load 12 000 tons per day, which is perceived as a world-class competitive operation.

Furthermore, the goal is to move from one shipment monthly to two shipments per month, as the target remain the same, 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), Road Fund Administration, Private Transporters and Trade Port Logistics.

Manganese is mainly used in the steel industry and removes oxygen and sulfur when iron ore (an iron and oxygen compound) is converted into iron. It is further an essential alloy, which helps in the conversion of iron into steel, destined for international markets.

The next shipment is due on 6 February 2020.

Premier of Gauteng Province visits the Port of Walvis Bay

Namport Executive: ICT Victor Ashikoto with Premier of Gauteng Province Hon David Makhura during his visit to the Port

Namport Executive: ICT Victor Ashikoto hosted the Premier of Gauteng Province, South Africa, Hon David Makhura, as well as Hon Cleophas Mutjavikua, Governor of the Erongo region on 30 December 2019 at the Port of Walvis Bay.

The visit was two-fold; to visit the completed New Container Terminal, which upon his maiden visit in 2016 was still under construction, and to further cement his commitment to the relationship established between the Gauteng Province and Erongo Region as economic hubs of the two sister countries, for mutual benefit and development of the people in the Gauteng Province and the Erongo Region.