Cargo destined for Botswana discharged

Namport recently facilitated the successful delivery of project cargo for a bridge under construction in a neighbouring landlocked country.

23 June 2019 | Infrastructure

Immanuel !Hanabeb; Namport; It is expected to take 160 truckloads to transport the cargo to the construction site.”

Walvis Bay



The general cargo vessel Noma­dic Milde docked with a consignment of 10 720 metric tonnes of project cargo destined for Botswana at the Port of Walvis Bay recently.

Immanuel !Hanabeb, Namibian Port Authority (Namport) executive for commercial services, explained that the discharged cargo will be used to complete the construction of the Mohembo Bridge in Botswana.

“It is expected to take 160 ­truckloads to transport the cargo to the construction site in Botswana.”

The iconic 1.2 km long bridge which has been under construction since November 2016 will connect villages on the east of the river with the rest of the country in Botswana.

The scheduled completion date of the multi-million project was initially set for 7 July 2019. The structure includes up to 3 km of roads with the main features comprising a 400 m cable stayed bridge across the Okavango ­River and an incrementally-landed pre-stressed concrete-box girder bridge.

Rodney Brussel from the ­Botswana Dry Port in Walvis Bay expressed satisfaction with the service delivery aspect from Namport, saying the consignment was delivered without delay.

Once completed the bridge will provide reliable access to services, most importantly health and education among others, and also open up the district for future economic activities. Its construction will also make it feasible for expansion of future road network and improve ­tourism in the Okavango Delta.

Namibia availed operational sites to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana as land linked countries to enable them to conduct business via sea to their respective countries.

A dry port is an inland inter­modal terminal directly ­connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transhipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.

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