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.