An asset to Namibia’s port facilities

Using some of the most advanced technology, CCS can guarantee fast turn-around times.

25 February 2020 | Supplements

Commercial Cold Storage Namibia (CCS) is Namibia’s largest and most advanced cold store and the state of the art facility is an integral part of the local fishing industry’s value chain.

Its quayside location within the Namport harbour in Walvis Bay ensures the fastest turn-around times for vessel offloading.

CCS Namibia is also the local industry leader in terms of volumes handled, the size of its customer base, competitive rates and providing quality of service.

The Namibian company is part of the largest cold store operator in Africa, CCS Logistics - a subsidiary of the Oceana Group of Companies. CCS Logistics is respected by major manufacturers, exporters and importers for its high-quality primary storage and handling of mainly perishable products.

The location of the company’s cold stores, the range of services offered and the ability to integrate these services cost-effectively into the outbound supply chain of customers, are key drivers in high storage occupancies in the logistics industry.

CCS Namibia started out as Walvis Bay Cold Storage in 1981, with only a small cold room. This facility, with a capacity of only 5000 metric tonnes, was located in a small quayside shed at berth 4. Since then the Oceana Group has made substantial investments to upgrade facilities, first in 1994 and again in 2014.

The current capacity of its cold rooms is 15 000 metric tonnes. With the increase in capacity over the years, CCS Namibia’s significant contribution to the local economy continued to grow and positively impacted the lives of its employees and the community.

World-class operations

Designed for fast turn-around times, CCS Namibia facilities incorporate some of the most advanced technology. The whole plant is centrally controlled by a computerised energy management system to provide maximum cooling effect and control of temperature.

Inside the cold rooms, stocks are managed through a mobile racking system, which allows for maximum utilisation of space. The cold stores are supported and optimised by best of breed warehouse management systems that incorporate radio frequency technology and scanning.

Locating any particular client’s cargo is done in a matter of seconds via computerised instructions, meaning that any particular spot on one of the racks can be opened and the product located for despatch speedily.

Loading cargo onto trucks takes place inside an enclosed loading area fitted with dock levellers, making it possible to drive forklifts straight into the truck. This is another aspect that contributes to maintaining the cold chain and keeps exposure to a minimum.

Apart from cold storage, services include bonded warehousing, blast freezing, pallet and case picking, container de-stuffing and palletisation, container staging and vessel bulk-loading, among others.

Human capital

CCS Namibia understands that the success of a business does not come through capital investment alone. The importance of human capital is just as crucial.

The exemplary track record of the company in developing human capacity and maintaining excellent employee relations is clearly illustrated by the fact that some of the employees have been with the company since its establishment more than 30 years ago. Employment support just under a hundred families of which 97% are previously disadvantaged.

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