Readiness of Walvis Bay gateway assessed

The Port of Walvis Bay’s new container terminal, with a capacity to handle at least 750 000 TEUs per annum, is expected to be commissioned this year.

13 April 2019 | Infrastructure

A study with the primary objective of determining Namport’s operational readiness in view of the new container terminal to be commissioned later this year is nearing completion.

The assessment will also provide guidance in terms of how the operation, equipment, training and organisational structure of the port authority in Walvis Bay needs to be aligned in order to efficiently cater to the new container terminal with its increased capacity to handle at least 750 000 TEUs per annum.

Namport has already commenced on a restructuring and reorganising process to ready itself for the new facility that will soon become operational.

The study, which looked at the Port of Walvis Bay and its hinterland connection, commenced in August 2018 and is due for completion in May 2019.

Bremenports expert Dr Lars Stemmler recently presented a preliminary report to Namport and the project partners.

“The team are enthusiastic about the preliminary results and welcome the final results of the assessment, as it will play a crucial role in the port’s change management programme,” said WBCG’s SDI Manager, Mr Gilbert Boois.

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) as custodian of the Logistics Hub Master Plan served as the focal contact point between Bremenports, Namport and the industry for the assessment.

It was commissioned under the Sustainable Mobility and Logistics in Namibia programme, a subsection of the logistics support offered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG is a German port management company that manages port infrastructure in Bremen and Bremerhaven on behalf of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen since January 2002.

Experts at Bremenports are responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the complex maritime infrastructure.

They increasingly market their technical, nautical and ecological expertise to customers in Germany and abroad and this makes the port management company a highly interesting partner for projects the world over.

Bremenports was also a member of the development company for the port construction project in Iceland in 2017.

The Bremen/Bremerhaven group of ports is one of the most efficient logistics centres in Europe. The twin ports fulfil vital tasks for Germany’s business and export activities. They also play a significant role for the labour market. The port business directly or indirectly employs more than 77 000 people.

Bremerhaven has Europe’s second-largest terminal (the 3 km quay consists of 18 berths for car carriers) for automobile transhipment, with an annual throughput of 2.1 million vehicles (2016). Eighty percent of these vehicles are exported and this constitutes roughly one third of the total German automobile production.

With a throughput of more than 2 million vehicles per annum, the ports of Bremen are firmly established as one of the largest automobile hubs in the world.

To cope with these freight volumes, Bremerhaven has highly efficient facilities at Kaiserhäfen, Nordhafen and Osthafen as well as gigantic operating sites immediately beside these harbours. The total area of 2.4 million square metres can accommodate approximately 95 000 cars and includes covered storage capacity for 50 000 vehicles.

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