Harry captains Namport ship

Acting CEO appointed

29 April 2019 | Infrastructure

The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) executive for finance, Kavin Harry, will act as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the parastatal after the departure of Bisey /Uirab.

/Uirab will take up his new position as CEO at the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on 1 May 2019.

The Namport board of trustees announced the appointment of Harry, a chartered accountant by profession. He served in his current role since 2012, and previously worked for Telecom Namibia and Ernest & Young.

The board further said it was seized with the process of recruiting a new CEO. It expects to finalise this process, which commenced in February, within the next few weeks.

The board also expressed confidence that Harry, the Namport executive management and the rest of the team will, until the recruitment of a CEO, continue to steer the organisation towards the attainment of its strategic goals.

The executive committee is responsible for the detailed planning and implementation of objectives and policies as determined by the Namport board of directors. It consists of the CEO, five executives, an internal auditor and company secretary, responsible for the portfolios that constitute the heart of the business.

/Uirab joined the ports authority in 2009 and was at the helm of Namport for the past decade. He steered Namport from a fairly medium sized public enterprise to the regionally acclaimed logistics and maritime industry leader which it has transformed into.

Under his tenure revenue increased from N$434 million in 2008 to N$1 billion in 2018, while total cargo tonnage handled through the port also increased from N$4,6 million (2008) to 5,3 million in 2018. The balance sheet grew from N$2,6 billion to N$7,2 billion as on 31 March 2018.

He also played a crucial role in the planning, execution and guiding of the implementation of the new offshore container terminal project in Walvis Bay. Upon completion, it is expected that the terminal will add a total of N$4,3 billion to the asset base of the authority and will see the annual throughput capacity increase threefold from the current 350 000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 1 050 000 TEUs.

/Uirab also served as the chairperson of the Namport Social Investment Fund which has over the years of his tenure invested over N$22 million across Namibia in the education, health, environmental and SME development programmes.