MS Bremen calls at Walvis Bay port

Boost for tourism

05 November 2019 | Infrastructure

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw

The MS Bremen, known for its expedition cruises to Antarctica, was the second ship to make use of the newly constructed passenger liner terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay.

The terminal was constructed as part of the container terminal on reclaimed land. The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) plans to incorporate the facility into the waterfront and marina development.

The MS Bremen called at the port just a few days after the MS Boudicca. The 111m-vessel caters for only 155 guests and is on a 17-day cruise from Walvis Bay to Mauritius.

It sailed from Walvis Bay for Cape Town on Friday 1 November and will also visit Port Elizabeth, Durban, Richard’s Bay and Portuguese Island. It will then depart for Port of D’Ehola in Madagascar and will also visit Reunion before arriving in Mauritius on 18 November.

The cruise ship is operated by Hapag Lloyd. It was built at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Kobe, Japan, in 1990 and christened Frontier Spirit. t sailed under this name from 1990 to 1993 after which it was renamed Bremen.

It travels to places such as the Artic, Amazon and Alaska, providing guests the opportunity to experiences unique beauty up close and personal.

The MS Bremen has a rich history. One of the tales it lived to tell is about a storm in the Southern Atlantic in March 2001 when a rogue wave caused heavy damage and broke a window on the bridge. This left the ship adrift for two hours without propulsion. Today the ship still carry the scars of the incident.

A previously uncharted island in the Antarctic was discovered by the Bremen in 2003, and was aptly named Bremen Island in 2004.

The Bremen also featured in the TV show Killer Waves. It successfully ran the Northwest Passage, assisted by satellite images indicating where sea ice was in 2006.

The next cruise liner to call at the Port of Walvis Bay is the Queen Elizabeth on 17 November, followed by the Albatros on 30 November and the Aidamira on 19 December. When the Aidamira returns on 2 January 2020, it will be the first cruise liner to call at the port in the new year.