Impressive efficiencies at Walvis Bay port

New business for Namport

09 June 2020 | Infrastructure

The general cargo vessel Unistream recently called at the port of Walvis Bay to offload 7 500 tonnes of manganese ore destined for CNNC’s Rössing Uranium Mine recently.

The vessel, owned by UNIATLANTICO’s (Universidad del Atlántico), carried the cargo from Morocco and returned to Gabon with a shipment of Namibian salt. This is the first of many expected calls to the port, importing manganese ore and exporting salt.

“We are very happy with operations at the port of Walvis Bay. The discharge and reload of commodities are done efficiently, which is a great pulling factor for using the port,” said UNIATLANTICO’s managing director in Germany, Andreas Bergmann.

Although UNIATLANTICO has called at the port in the past, the continued use of the port and its facilities by the company, stems from engagements with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).

“The WBCG renders great work in this industry. Collaborating with them has enabled us to acquire new contacts. We consider this invaluable and remain keen to seek new business cooperation with companies in Namibia,” Bergmann added.

WBCG’s business development manager in South Africa, Irvaan Maharaj, was instrumental in ensuring that UNIATLANTICO increase their calls at the Port of Walvis Bay. “I am excited about this venture and I am even more keen about future shipments of Ammonium Nitrate to be transported to the rest of southern African through the port of Walvis Bay,” he said.

UNIATLANTICO has offices in Hamburg (Germany), Naestved (Denmark), Antwerp (Belgium), Lisbon (Portugal) and Cape Town (South Africa) and serves the demand of its clients from oil and gas to construction, mining and agriculture industries.

The shipping line offers a monthly multipurpose liner-service from North-/West Europe (including Baltic Sea) to West Africa, serving the demand of oil and gas, construction, mining and agriculture industries.

The company owns and manages a fleet of ten modern multi-purpose / dry cargo vessels, including the 9 750ts dwat MV Unistream, which carried the manganese ore.

While all industries across all sectors have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, the next consignment of manganese ore is pending, waiting for the easing of the lockdown measures.

Source: WBCG