New passenger liner jetty put to good use

Cruise ships bring thousands of tourists

24 December 2019 | Infrastructure

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) said that the number of tourists arriving on board cruise ships for 2019 via Namibian ports equated to 21 779 to date.

This indicates a steady increase in the number of passenger liners received by Namport over the past three financial reporting periods, with 27 liners, 31 liners and 33 liners visiting respectively.

The port authority has hosted 11 cruise liners in its current financial year so far. This means that the frequency of passenger vessel visits have increased since the commissioning of the dedicated passenger liner terminal in August 2019.

Namport said that it anticipates the arrival of nine cruise liners carrying an estimated 10 000 visitors in January 2020. The Port of Walvis Bay received three passenger vessels in November and December.

The Queen Elizabeth (294m in length with a capacity of 2547 passengers) which called at the port on 17 November 2019, is the second-largest passenger vessel to ever dock at the Port of Walvis Bay. She follows in the wake of the Queen Mary (310.7m in length with a capacity of 2 139 passengers) which visited in February 2018.

The following vessels are scheduled to call at the port in January:

The Aidamira with a passenger capacity of 1 727 will call on 2 January at 08:00, becoming the first visitor to the port for the New Year;

The Nautica, which can accommodate 824 passengers, will call on 8 January at 07:00;

Artania and its 1 260 passengers will call on 12 January at 07:00;

MSC Orchestra which can accommodate up to 2 550 passengers, will call on 14 January 2020 at 07:00;

Aidamira returns for another visit on 16 January at 09:00, while the MSC Orchestra also calls again on 19 January 2020 at 07:00 as well as Nautica on 22 January 2020 at 07:00;

Marco Polo, with a carrying capacity of 820 passengers, is scheduled to dock on 25 January 2020 at 06:45; and finally,

Aidamira is scheduled to visit the port for a third time in the space of one month on 30 January at 09:00.