The temporal Isolation Truck Port facility was officially opened on 05 May 2020, in Walvis Bay by the Hon. Neville Andre, Governor of the Erongo region. The setup of the truck port which was facilitated by the Namibian Ports Authority is a realization of combined efforts from various stakeholders.
The Truck Port which is as a result of combined efforts from various stakeholders from the town of Walvis Bay aims to provide a conducive place for truck drivers to be screened for the COVID-19 virus by taking their body temperatures and providing health education for the truckers. The screenings will be conducted by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group in their mobile clinic.
The setting up of this place would not have been possible without the joint venture between the Namibian Ports Authority, Walvis Bay Municipality, BIP Container Terminal, Transport companies, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Customs and Excise Division under the Ministry of Finance, the Namibian Police and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).
Speaking at the event, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Namport, Mr Kavin Harry said “due to the fact that the Government acknowledged and declared the transport and logistics sector as essential services during the period of the lock down, the key
players in the logistics sector decided to compliment government’s efforts by setting up this facility”.
The 60000 m2 of land owned by BIP Container Terminal where the truck port is set up on will be managed by the BIP Company Terminal with the assistance of the WBCG under the watchful eye of local law enforcers.
On his part, Hon. Andre once again pledged his support to the logistics fraternity and reiterated on the importance of adhering to the health requirements outlined by the World Health Organization and the Namibian Government.
The drivers who will be accommodated for a period of seven days at the facility for the duration of their trip in Namibia are expected to only enter the town of Walvis Bay when delivering their consignment and return to their temporary accommodation at the truck port. This restriction of movement is a way of minimizing the truckers from getting into contact with the local community in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the opening, Honourable Immanuel Winfred, Mayor of the Port City of Walvis Bay said thanked all truck drivers for their commitment to serving the Namibian nation during this trying times and further urged the truckers to optimally make use of the newly opened truck port.
No trucks will be allowed to park within the town of Walvis Bay unless they are stationed at their respective depots. This new development will also create job opportunities for local vendors in the food industry as they will be required to cater for the truck drivers by running a tuckshop on the site.