The Namibian Ports Authority once again welcomed the 335.41 meters long Maersk Sheerness back at the Port of Walvis Bay today, 19 November 2020. The vessel sailed from Luanda, Angola and will be heading to the Port Klang, Malaysia after discharging 439 containers and loading 2642 containers at the Port of Walvis Bay. The duration of the process is anticipated to last approximately 60 hours.
Interesting to note is that one of the gigantic STS cranes will be required to conduct 853 moves for the entire operation. This is a first time since the acquisition of the STS Cranes in February 2019. In the past, the four STS cranes had only been utilized for operations that required a maximum of 46 moves.
The Port is also preparing for the maiden call of the Wide Juliet container vessel. She is expected to arrive on 24 November 2020 from Luanda, Angola and will be discharging 200 containers. The Wide Juliet which has a carrying capacity of 5380 TEUs will in future be part of the rotation with Walvis Bay as a port of call.
Since the inauguration of the New Container Terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay in August 2019 the terminal has become a game changer for port business, allowing its capacity to handle container ships with more than 12 meters of draft.
The presence of these vessels is testament that the Ports Authority is well on its way to attaining its vision of becoming the best performing world-class port in Africa.