The Port of Lüderitz is on the trajectory note towards economic acceleration as reflected in the country’s Harambee Prosperity Plan. In recent time, the Trans Oranje Corridor route that links the port of Lüderitz, has experienced tremendous volume increment and thus the ideals of becoming a logistic hub is noticeable.
Exceptional clientele services from the Port of Lüderitz’ operational team, with a world class record of moving more than 10 000 tons per day, has culminated in a demand for more mining houses to knock at its door with an intention to make use of the Port.
According to the Marketing Specialist at the Port of Lüderitz, Mr Cecile Kamupingene, the Port’s current volume has increased from 600 000 tons per annum to more than 800 000 tons and “we anticipate this trend to continue”.
Apart from the above, Debmarine Namibia’s operation is gradually relocating to the Port of Lüderitz from Port Nolloth, South Africa and as a result an escalation in terms of activities inside the port in comparison to the previous financial year is also noticeable.
The port has also recorded a significant increase in passenger vessel calls at the harbour town, which directly speaks to an increase in tourism activities. Local taxis and tour bus operators are thus tapping into these opportunities by transporting tourists to heritage sites around the town such as Kolmanskop and the ever popular Diaz Point.
Mr Kamupingene further emphasized that “we anticipate for a very good year through collaborations and synergy amongst all stakeholders within the logistics industry in order for us to attain our ultimate goal of being a logistics hub in the SADC region and thus, we will be able to create more employment opportunities for the locals and in the same vein create niche industries”.
In the current financial year 2019/2020, the Port of Lüderitz has so far received 8 passenger vessels and is expecting 8 more to call its port as opposed to only 10 vessels that called the same port in the previous financial year 2018/2019.