The existing container terminal in the Port of Walvis Bay (berths 1, 2 and 3) has an approximate throughput capacity of between 350,000 and 400,000 TEUs per annum.
Berth 3 at the container terminal is used for exporting bulk salt, as salt vessels need the deeper draft (-14.0 metres at berths 1 to 3 versus -10.6 metres at berths 4 to 8).
The existing container berths consist of a 500-metre-long deck-on-piles type quay wall structure that is designed for a maximum water depth of -14.0 metres chart datum.
The three new berths at the new container terminal is berth 9, 10 and berth 11. Berth 9 is the new passenger liner berth.
The new container terminal has 600m of new quay wall length with a water depth of 16m below chart datum.
Berths 1 to 8 are used as multi-purpose berths, but most of the cargo consists of bulk and break-bulk.
Liquid bulk (excluding bunkering)
With the exception of sulphuric acid, which is imported at berth 6, all liquid bulk cargo is handled at the existing Tanker Berth in the Port of Walvis Bay.
This facility has reached the end of its useful life, as it is now more than 50 years old.
In 2013, Namport conducted structural modifications and upgrades to the berth, ensuring that it can be used for importing Namibia’s fuel for a further 5 years. However, after such time it will have to be decommissioned as a fuel handling facility.
To secure Namibia’s fuel supply, the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy has funded Phase 1 of the North Port of Walvis Bay. Details of this development project are provided in the Mega project section.
Mobile cranes, Reach stackers, Haulers & trailers
Ship-to-shore gantry cranes
Rubber Tire Gantries (RTG), man-lifts
Wharf cranes (rail-bound quay crane), forklifts,
Stevedoring are labour-intensive and labour is divided between the private stevedoring companies at the Port of Walvis Bay and thus ensures the fast, smooth turnaround vessels with minimum delays. Stevedoring offers services such as the handling of general cargo, transit cargo and project cargo; the handling of containers; the packing of containers; the handling of bulk commodities; the loading/discharging/transshipping of frozen fish and perishable cargo; the handling of provisions and stores.
Workshops are available for mechanical, electrical, navigational equipment repairs.
Cargo Handling Hours
The Port operates on a 24 hour basis; Mondays to Sundays and public holidays.
Gate operation times
Mondays – Fridays 07:00 – 17:00
Weekends, public holidays and overtime until 22:00 on request.