High-level delegations visit Namport

Various high-level international delegations visited the newly constructed Walvis Bay container terminal which is due to be commissioned in August.

01 April 2019 | Infrastructure

Bisey /Uirab; Namport CEO; “We have common customers in terms of shipping lines that make use of our ports.”

Leandrea Louw- A visit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta preceded discussions between the port authority and Congo on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) followed by a visit by the American ambassador, Andrew Young, to the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) in Walvis Bay.

In his remarks Kenyatta, who also visited the Seaflower Pelagic Plant, congratulated Namport on all the achievements it attained thus far and called for the propelling of Intra-African Cooperation.

He reiterated that countries need to tap into the Blue Economy, saying that African nations should become beneficiaries of their own fishing resources and not allow foreign nations to steal and plunder these.

Kenyatta said the idea of creating dry port facilities for landlocked countries to manage their own import and export affairs, is one that can be put to good use at Kenya’s main port of Momabasa.

He was impressed by the way Namibia uses dry dock facilities and resources to generate revenue and create jobs, saying this could be replicated in Kenya.

He was also impressed with Economic Processing Zones created to foster investment as well as transport and economic corridors to facilitate trade.

Congo visit

Namport manager for corporate communication Taná Pesat confirmed this week that the port authority could soon sign an MoU with the Port of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.

The two ports have in principle agreed on the key contents of the MoU and will decide on a date to sign said agreement.

Namport CEO Bisey /Uirab said that Namibia and Congo have enjoyed a beneficial relationship since before Independence.

“The ports of Walvis Bay and Pointe Noire are significant players in the port industry in Africa. We have common customers in terms of shipping lines that make use of our ports. This agreement will formalise the relationship we have.”

The ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Chantal Maryse Itoua-Apoyolo, and the deputy CEO of Pointe Noire, Bernard Serges César Bouya, both reiterated their country’s commitment to signing the MoU with Namport.

The main activity of Congo Terminal at Port Pointe Noire is container ships and RORO ships handling (loading/unloading Pointe Noire).

The port boasts handling capabilities of 115, which translates to fifty movements per hour. A significant time reduction of port passage from 23 to 14 days as well as a reduction of average time alongside the quay of three days was also achieved.

Congo Terminal is part of 13 container terminals and seven RORO terminals of Bolloré ports in concession in Africa. Bolloré ports launched considerable works of modernization and extension of the Congo Terminal since the beginning of the concession in 2009.

The €570 million investment program over 27 years allowed the optimisation of port capacities and created more than 750 jobs. New information systems were deployed and a new quay of 270m in length and with a depth of 16m has been constructed.

Namport also hosted the American politician, diplomat, activist and ambassador, Andrew Young. He visited Walvis Bay and toured the new container terminal on reclaimed land, Seawork Fish Processors and the Walvis Bay Salt Factory.

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