Louw ­re-elected as CLOF chairman

22 September 2020 | Infrastructure

Martin Louw (Macs) was re-elected as the chairperson of the Container Liners Operators Forum (CLOF).

Armando Legner (CMA-CGM) was elected as vice-chairperson and Waldi Schickerling (MSC) as treasurer.

The forum represents all Container Shipping Lines calling and servicing the Walvis Bay port directly. These consist of Maersk, OACL, MSC, Macs Lines, Cosco Shipping, CMA-CGM and PIL.

CLOF has established itself into a regulatory body allowing clients to know how many containers they have at the port, where they are standing and what their status is.

The main aim of the forum is to enhance productivity, efficiency, to keep costs low, and to create volumes for Namibia. CLOF therefore works closely with the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) and plays a crucial role in container handling at the port.

The forum thus welcomed the Walvis Bay offshore container terminal, which has since it became ­operational, increased the handling capacity at the harbour substantially.

Along with the capacity increase, the port expects to improve productivity and efficiency that will turn­around higher volumes and make it a much more attractive transship port and destination port to serve landlocked countries and the southern African region.

Handling capacity

Namport can handle a throughput capacity of 1 000 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum.

The existing container terminal in the Port of Walvis Bay (berths 1, 2 and 3 also used for multipurpose cargo) has an approximate throughput capacity of between 350 000 and 400 000 TEUs and the new container terminal has a throughput capacity of 750,000 TEUs per annum.

Berth 3 at the container terminal is used for exporting bulk salt, as salt vessels need a deeper draft (-14.0 metres at berths 1 to 3 versus -10.6 metres at berths 4 to 8).

The existing container berths consist of a 500m long deck-on-piles type quay wall structure. The three berths at the new container terminal are berths 9, 10 and 11, with berth 9 serving as passenger liner berth.

Berths 1 to 8 are used as multi-purpose berths, but most of the cargo consists of bulk and break-bulk.

With the exception of sulphuric acid, which is imported at berth 6, all liquid bulk cargo is handled at the existing Tanker Berth in the Port of Walvis Bay.

The Port operates on a 24-hour basis from Mondays to Sundays and on public holidays. Gate operation times during the week are from 07:00 to 17:00 and on weekends, public holidays and overtime until 22:00 on request.

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