The largest vessel to ever dock at Namport, MV Mediterranean Bridge, operated by the CMA CGM shipping line, broke several records while docked at the port of Walvis Bay recently.
With a length of 335.63 metres, The Mediterranean Bridge is longer than the Maersk Sheerness Namibian that docked in ort on 24 April. The call at port of the Maersk Sheerness was a trial run to see if the Namibian Ports Authority could handle the class of container vessel that can carry 9 000 twenty-foot long containers (TEU).
MAKING HISTORY: The Mediterranean Bridge was the largest vessel to ever dock at the new container terminal in the port of Walvis Bay. – Photo: Courtesy of Namport
The Mediterranean Bridge discharged 1 781 TEU’s and loaded 697 TEU’s, which amounts to another record of 2 478 TEU’s handled on a single vessel in the Port of Walvis Bay.
Mr Amando Legner, Managing Director CMA CGM Namibia said that this is great progress and he is proud to be a part of this new milestone. He thanked the Namport team for making this happen and said: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
According to Tino Hanabeb, the Commercial Executive of Namport the two successful calls by 9,000 TEU vessels at the Port of Walvis Bay is an achievement of the compelling vision set by President Hage Geingob, as well as a massive step towards the achievement of one million TEU’s as enunciated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.