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 30 Jun 2020

June 2020

Namport records a staggering 30% increase in its cargo handling
The Namibian Ports Authority has managed to handle 1 million tons of cargo carried along the corridors from 01 April 2019 until 31 March 2020. The Port of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz contributed equally to the success by recording 5,561,999 tonnes of cargo handled during this last financial year 2019/2020.

The largest portion of growth is reflected by the 100% increased activity along the Trans-Oranje Corridor as 204,301 tonnes of manganese ore was exported via the Port of Lüderitz. The benefit of the Trans-Oranje corridor is to serve the mines in the Northern Cape as it is a much shorter route versus using a South African based port.

This unique initiation between TradePort Namibia logistics deal came into fruition early last year. The first consignment was received through the Port of Lüderitz in September last year. This arrangement will further contribute to Namport recording a total of 360 000 tonnes of cargo per annum through the Port of Lüderitz, resulting in a predicted 60 percent overall volume increase as the Trans-Orange Corridor increases its share of cargo volumes.

Along our various corridors, the following performances are recorded in the past financial year 2019/2020 ending 31st March 2020.
Further recording of imports such as ship spares, steel, sulphur, and ammonium nitrate and steel imports performed well in comparison to the previous financial year 2018/2019.
Ship spares exports increased significantly due to the increased number of vessels at anchorage for repairs and maintenance. The increase of marble to international markets, leading to a 26% increase compared to the previous financial year.

Sulphur imports increased by 10% compared to the previous financial year. In addition, the demand for ammonium nitrate also increased by 150%. Steel imports increased by 88% due to the various projects presently underway within the region and Namibia.
Another increase worth noting is from the import of Manganese through the Port of Lüderitz which has increased from 30 000 tonnes per month to 60 000 tonnes. This increase will double the annual throughput from this commodity to 720 000 tonnes. Due to these developments, 

Namport is currently in discussions with the Oldendorff Shipping line to have a barge option. A barge is a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on canals and rivers,
either under its own power or towed by another.
These results that we have managed to attain as an entity are due to

  • the efficient and improved turnaround times at our border posts,
  • securities in our corridors,
  • efficacy at both ports,
  • the strong relationships that Namport has managed to foster with customers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and South Africa
  • the dedication and unwavering commitment of the Namport staff members of Namport to rendering world-class service to their clients.
  • and the company’s constant presence in these markets.

More than ever before, the Namibian Ports Authority remains committed to making Namport the port of choice for the international market.

Namport targets 9 000 TEU vessels as CMA CGM Mediterranean Bridge sets new record
The Namibian Ports Authority received one of the largest vessels to ever dock in Namibian waters. CMA CGM operated MV Mediterranean Bridge, with a length of 335.63 meters, called the Port of Walvis Bay on 23rd June 2020 following the successful trial call of the first 9 000 TEUs Maersk Sheerness with the length of 335 meters on 24th April 2020.

The Mediterranean Bridge is discharging 1,781 TEU’s and loading 697 TEU’s, which amounts to a record of 2,478 TEU’s handled on a single vessel at the Port of Walvis Bay. The vessel departed on 25 June 2020 at 12h00.

Mr. Amando Legner, Managing Director CMA CGM Namibia said that this is great progress and he is proud to be a part of this milestone and thanked the Namport team for making this happen. Further stating that “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

The map below indicates the rotation of the MV Mediterranean Bridge and shows the growing importance of the Port of Walvis Bay as a gateway and transshipment port with an excellent strategic location.
Two successful calls by 9,000 TEU vessels at the Port of Walvis Bay within 30 days is an achievement of a compelling vision set by H.E President Geingob, as well as a massive step towards the achievement of one million TEU’s as enunciated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.


Namport donates temporary shelter for the Walvis Bay COVID-19 Checkpoint
Ms. Edith Kukuri handing over the office keys to Inspector Shapumba
The Namibian Ports Authority through its Social Investment Fund recently donated a mobile office to the Navy Commander of the Namibian Police in the Erongo region. The office is intended to be used by the men and women in uniform manning the Walvis Bay COVID-19 Checkpoint. The need arose due to the fact that the staff members deployed at the checkpoint were being exposed to unfriendly weather elements that hampered their performance.

The donation, which comes at a time where the Erongo region continues to record an increase in the number of positive cases related to the COVID-19 virus will ensure that the law enforcers are able to dedicate their attention to executing their duties unhindered at the checkpoint.

The checkpoint became operational on 05 May 2020 when the Temporary Isolation Truck port facility was officially opened in collaboration with various stakeholders. The donation is valued at N$50,000.00 which will be used to pay the rental fee of the mobile office for the next 6 months subject to future renewals.

Namport has since the beginning of the outbreak in March 2020 spent over N$400,000.00 towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Its previous donations were towards the residents of the Twaloloka Informal Settlement in Kuisebmond by providing them with twenty (20) mobile toilets, medical equipment, and supplies to the COVID-19 Isolation Facility at the Walvis Bay State Hospital, hand sanitizers, and high-risk gloves, plus 240 branded water bottles.

In the same disposition, Namport made a monetary donation towards the Walvis Bay Corridor Group Wellness team to purchase gloves and thermal guns which would be used at border posts against the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the entity also made a donation towards the Keetmanshoop Police in the ||Karas region.

The Namibian Ports Authority continues to closely monitor the requirements throughout the progression of the pandemic and within its means, and has pledged to do its best in continuing to contribute towards the national efforts to cushion the impact of the outbreak.

African record for Reefer lifts on a single vessel achieved at the Port of Walvis Bay
Maersk made history on 21 June 2020 at the Port of Walvis Bay when they broke their own African record for Reefer lifts on a single vessel, SANTA ROSA. Reefers are containers that carry refrigerated cargo like citrus, meat, and fish. A record of 334 live (full) reefers was lifted at the Port of Walvis Bay.

Santa Rosa sailed from Walvis Bay carrying a record of 1,763 live reefers primarily of South African fruit beating the previous record of Maersk Lebu of 1,682 live reefers. Maersk and Safmarine account for 1,326 of those 1,763 reefers which are also a new record beating previous record of 1,244.

Mr. Louis Coetzee, Maersk Port Captain (Angola & Namibia), thanked the Namport team led by Mr. Adolph Egumbo for their assistance in breaking an African record and being part of maritime history. He further expressed his gratitude for a job well done and productivity achieved during these difficult times.

The Port of Walvis Bay continues to play a significant role in regional trade as the key gateway and transshipment Port of choice. This can be attributed to its location, productivity, and the seamless logistics that the port offers as well as its capacity to deliver on the customer satisfaction promise.

Vehicle imports continue during COVID-19

Although the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the movement of goods for all countries regardless of the mode of transportation, Namibia has managed to still record 2427 vehicles that were offloaded from various RORO vessels from the beginning of 2020 to date.

The latest RORO to sail the shores of Namibia was the Glovis Spirit Vessel which was seen at the Port of Walvis Bay mid-June discharging over 300 vehicles destined for various inland countries.

With the inauguration of the new container terminal in August 2019, space was created at the old container terminal which is currently being utilized as a multipurpose terminal. Vehicles are also parked here for more security and safety.

The Ports Authority is expecting to receive 12 more calls of RORO vessels till the end of this year.

Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are cargo ships designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

RORO vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps or ferry slips that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port.

WHO COVID-19 Advice