Namport e-Newsletter

02 Jun 2020
 

02 June 2020


NOTICE:
PORT OPERATIONS DURING THE LATEST COVID-19  LOCKDOWN FOR WALVIS BAY LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA

Against the escalating global and national impact of COVID-19 on the Namibian nation, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr Hage G Geingob, declared the State of Emergency on 17 March 2020. The State of Emergency consisted of urgent and aggressive measures aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 in our community.

Subsequent to the declaration of the State of Emergency, on 28 March 2020, the President announced that the Walvis Bay local authority area is resorting back to Stage 1 of the lockdown measures, effective immediately for a period of seven (7) days, until 4 June 2020 at 23h59 and may be extended subject to any further declarations and/or amendments to the current State of Emergency.

Namport operations have already been declared an essential service; the following is a summary of the resolutions taken at a meeting on 28 May 2020 on how operations will proceed effectively from 07h00 on Friday, 29 May 2020:

  1. The following divisions will be fully operational as normal so as to continue offering essential services to our esteemed customers:
    • Security and Emergency Services;
    • Port Captain, VTS and Pilotage;
    • Marine Services;
    • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ);
    • All divisions within Port Operations;
  2. Those Namport divisions not listed above may resort back to the operational methodologies, which were in place during the previous lockdown, or such permutations as may be directed by the respective line Executives.
  3. The Port of Lüderitz is unaffected by the latest alert level of Walvis Bay to stage 1 and therefore continues to operate as normal.

In addition, the following measures will be reinstated for the duration of the lockdown.

a)  Entrance to Namport buildings will be limited to ten (10) people and clients are required to maintain at least one (1)-meter distance while queuing for service. Hand sanitizers are provided at our entrances and will be administered by security personnel at each entrance.

b)  Namport customer care desk and revenue division will operate as normal from 08h00 to 17h00 with reduced staff numbers.

c)  Marine, Port Security and Port Control will continue to operate with full staff complement and normal shift patterns will be maintained.

d)  Our normal three (3) shifts four-(4) panel operations will remain in force at the container terminal and equipment and human resources deployment will be reduced accordingly.

e)  Current berthing window arrangements will temporarily cease and all vessels will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Namport may at its sole discretion deviate from this arrangement to give preference to vessels carrying emergency supplies.

f)  Break Bulk Operations will be limited to two vessels at any given time and human and equipment resources will be reduced accordingly.

g)  Import and export deliveries will be accommodated during normal working hours but special consideration will be given to emergency supplies during this period.

 

For queries, call our Switchboard on Tel:+264642082111 or email customercare@namport.com.na.

Clients are encouraged to make use of EFT payments into the following account number:

Account Name:

Namibian Ports Authority

Bank Name:

Bank Windhoek

Account Number:

8001405224

Account Type:

Cheque Account

Branch:

Walvis Bay

Branch Code:

481872

SWIFT Code:

DWLINANX

 

All Commercial related matter and queries will be dealt with on merit and priority.

The above terms and conditions will take effect on Friday 29 May 2020 at 07h00 until 4 June 2020 at 23h59 and may be extended subject to any further declarations and/or amendments to the current State of Emergency.   

We implore upon all of us of the need to strictly abide by the national health protocols and social distancing requirements so that we can all jointly fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Kindly and urgently, share this information with your clients and stakeholders immediately.

 

Kavin Harry

Acting Chief Executive Officer




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