Namport pay tribute to top clients

Received recognition
Namport honoured its best performing clients at the annually hosted Port Users' Breakfast in Walvis Bay.
Compiled by Otis Daniels
The marketing director of Trade Shipping Namibia, Michelle Kirov, was awarded the Industry Recognition Award at the Port Users’ Breakfast in Walvis Bay.

The award honours outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the maritime industry. The recipients are selected by players in the industry and represents the most influential minds in the field of transport and logistics.

Kirov was instrumental in establishing Trade Ocean Shipping Namibia in 2006 and subsequently was appointed to her current position as a marketing director of the company. She started her shipping industry career with Manica Group (Namibia) in the early nineties between 1991 and 1995. She then moved to Secil Sul Shipping in Cape Town in 1996 until 1998 and then joined Unicorn Lines as an account manager for Namibia followed by a five year stint in the road industry with Westbank Transport. Kirov was born and schooled in Walvis Bay. She backed her education with some international experience in London and Cape Town. She is married with three children and resides in Walvis Bay.

The top five revenue based clients include Logistics Support Services; Maersk Namibia (one of the worlds largest container shipping companies); Sturrock Grindrod Maritime (a leading ship agency and provider of logistics and maritime technical and engineering services); Trade Ocean Shipping ( a multinational customs clearing, freight forwarding and ships agency company); and Woker Freight Services (one of the oldest logistics companies in Southern Africa).

The top five volume based clients consist of Walvis Bay Salt Refiners, the largest producer of solar salt in Sub Saharan Africa. The company processes 90 million cubic meter of seawater per annum to produce 900 000 tons of high-quality salt per annum. The total operation covers an area of 5 000ha and the group exports to various countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa and Europe. Puma Energy which supplies Namibia and regional markets with high-quality fuel safely, swiftly and reliably. Sturrock Grindrod Maritime Namibia, a shipping agency as well as a provider of maritime and logistics services offering a wide range of services and solutions to the maritime and offshore gas industry. Walvis Bay Bulk Terminal which specialises in warehousing and cargo flow management. The company provides a gate way to importers and exporters of various dry bulk commodities to and from international markets. Logistics Support Services which offer specialised services in various supply chain management such as vessel agency, freight forwarding, and special projects.

The top SME’s include XYZ Investments, specialist in international freight clearing and forward of mainly Far East cargo through the Port of Walvis Bay for local and regional markets; Sephyr Investment, a logistical company specialising in freight clearing and forwarding; and Cross Border Vehicle Traders, a transport and logistics company offering international clearing and forwarding services containerised cargo through the port of Walvis Bayfor local and regional markets.