Mediterranean Bridge sets new record

30 June 2020 | Infrastructure

Walvs Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) received one of the largest vessels to ever dock in Namibian waters last week.

CMA CGM-operated MV Mediterranean Bridge, with a length of 335.63m, called at the port on 23 June following a successful trial call of the first 9 000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel Maersk Sheerness, measuring 335m on 24 April 2020.

The Mediterranean Bridge discharged 1 781 TEUs and loaded 697 TEUs, which amounts to a record of 2 478 TEUs handled on a single vessel at the Port of Walvis Bay.

The vessel departed on 25 June at 12:00.

Managing director of CMA CGM Namibia Amando Legner, said that this is great progress and he is proud to be a part of this milestone. He thanked the Namport team for making this happen, saying: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible”.

Commenting on the triumph, Namport executive for commercial services Immanuel !Hanabeb, said that two successful calls by 9 000 TEU vessels at the Port of Walvis Bay within 30 days is an achievement to be proud of, as well as a massive step towards realising one million TEUs.