Vehicles destined for neighbouring countries on their way

Various types of cars will be discharged at the port from visiting Roll-on/Roll-off vessels this month.

30 June 2019 | Infrastructure

Ashton Nash; NMT Shipping; Most of the cargo we handle are meant for Zimbabwe with the number of items intended for the local market being minimal.

The Roll-on/roll-off (RORO) Serenity Ace is scheduled to dock in the Port of Walvis Bay on 9 July.

This visit will be followed by that of the Dong-A-Mestis on 21 July.

The 650 foot (198 metre) vehicle carrier Serenity Ace was constructed in 2009. It will arrive from Ghana and discharge 239 units.

RORO vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps that allow wheeled cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port.

The Sincerity Ace made the news earlier this year when it with 21 crew members and about 3 500 Nissan vehicles on board caught fire while traveling from Japan to Hawaii in January.

Ashton Nash, a shipping agent for NMT Shipping, confirmed that the cargo destined for Walvis Bay includes motor vehicles, trucks, static units such as excavators and large (HH) busses. These are destined for Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“The NMT Group operates in the world's most important trade lanes moving cargo worldwide on modern and technically advanced deep-sea and short-sea RORO vessels.

“Most of the cargo we handle are meant for Zimbabwe with the number of items intended for the local market being minimal. We receive approximately two ­ROROs per month and at times also take care of provisions such as meat, ­vegetables in addition to the normal services we provide.”

Since the beginning of this year NMT Shipping handled 14 ROROs and received 3 682 units. The company handled 24 vessels and discharged 8 615 units in 2018.

Nash added that once vehicles are off-loaded and released by shipping agents they are no longer liable for it. 'Some clearing agents tend to park and abandon released cars all over town. This results in members of the public calling us and complaining.”

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