Namdock introduces lockdown measures

Operations curtailed

08 April 2020 | Infrastructure

Walvis Bay

The lockdown, in effect from 27 March until 17 April 2020, affects Namdock’s docking schedule, with an attendant impact on its clients, says the acting CEO Nankole Muyoba.

The company said that it anticipates that activities at its shipyard, which includes three floating docks including a Panamax-sized dock, seven cranes and fully equipped onsite workshops, should recommence after 21 calendar days.

The company employs 730 permanent and fixed contract workers.

“We obtained an essential services certificate. One hundred and ninety two workers are on standby and works on shifts. Docks are a marine asset which requires safe manning. We are still working on one boat. Our scheduling programme is on hold with no general maintenance taking place,” said the commercial administrator of the company Leeanne Salpeter.

At the outset of the pandemic, Namdock implemented a comprehensive response plan, including adherence to prescribed protocols for the prevention and control of transmission of Covid infections.

The company also adopted a proactive approach to ongoing risk management, and has subsequently continually monitored adherence to the preventative measures put in place.

Muyoba assured stakeholders that updates will be communicated accordingly, as guidance and instructions are received from the Namibian government.

“Our approach is consistent with global best practice. We would like to reassure all our stakeholders that we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our customers, employees, support service providers as well as the community at large during the Covid-19 outbreak.”

She requested that clients keep in mind that the DMA (Department of Maritime Affairs) or Port Health may have to put additional measures in place to combat the spread of the illness.

“Namdock will remain compliant in terms of all prescribed government directives and will communicate all relevant information to stakeholders timeously, and as it becomes available. I am confident that despite the challenges we all face because of this pandemic, Namdock and its valued stakeholders will navigate these turbulent waters together.”

She added that Namdock clients can rest assured that the company’s core values of trust, excellence and integrity remain unwavering. “We will continue to abide by our ethos and values, remaining transparent and providing our stakeholders with updates as we receive them. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by Covid-19. As global citizens and as Namibians, we are extremely resilient.”

The pandemic has impacted organisations on both a global and local scale. Governments, as well as public and private sector organisations worldwide, are adapting at a rapid rate to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the virus.

As a further precautionary lockdown measure, the Namibian Ports Authority Namport (Namport) instituted a directive requiring foreign-flagged vessels to stay at anchorage for a minimum period of two weeks before entering the main port or docking for repairs.

In some instances, the two week waiting period may be reduced, taking into account the vessel’s time spent at sea after leaving the last port of call.

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