Namport records 30% increase in cargo handling

Significant growth

23 June 2020 | Infrastructure

Immanuel !Hanabeb; Namport; "...securities in our corridors, efficacy at both ports, and the strong relationships..."

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) handled 1 million tons of cargo carried along the transport corridors from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

The ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz both contributed equally to the success, by recording 5 561 999 tons of cargo handled during the 2019/2020 financial year.

The most significant growth experienced is reflected by a 100% increase in activity along the Trans-Oranje Corridor due to 204 301 tons of manganese ore that was exported via the Port of Lüderitz.

The Trans-Oranje corridor serves mines in the Northern Cape and has the benefit that it is a much shorter route than using a South African-based port.

This unique initiative came into fruition early last year, with the first consignment that was received through the Port of Lüderitz in September 2019. This arrangement is expected to further contribute to Namport recording a total of 360 000 tons of cargo per annum through the Port of Lüderitz and will result in a predicted 60% overall volume increase as the Trans-Orange Corridor increases its share of cargo volumes.

Imports increase

Further recording of imports such as ship spares, steel, sulphur, ammonium nitrate and steel imports performed well in comparison to the previous financial year (2018/2019).

Ship spares exports increased significantly due to the increased number of vessels at anchorage for repairs and maintenance, while the increase of marble to international markets lead to a 26% increase compared to the previous financial year.

Sulphur imports increased by 10% compared to the previous financial year. In addition, the demand for ammonium nitrate also increased by 150%.

Steel imports increased by 88% due to various projects presently underway within the region and Namibia.

Another increase worth noting is from the import of manganese through the Port of Lüderitz, which has increased from 30 000 tons per month to 60 000 tons. This increase will double the annual throughput from this commodity to 720 000 tons. Due to this, Namport is currently in discussions with the Oldendorff Shipping Line to introduce a barge option. A barge is a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another.

Improved turnaround

Immanuel !Hanabeb the Namport executive for commercial services said that the results have been attained as an entity due to the efficient and improved turnaround times at Namibia’s border posts.

“This is coupled with securities in our corridors, efficacy at both ports, and the strong relationships that Namport has managed to foster with customers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and South Africa. In addition, the dedication and unwavering commitment of Namport staff to render a world class service to their clients and the company’s constant presence in these markets, also contributed. More than ever, the Namibian Ports Authority remains committed to making Namport the port of choice for the international market,” !Hanabeb said.