Namport setting trends

28 November 2020 | Infrastructure

The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) also welcomed the 335,41 meters long Maersk Sheerness back at the Port of Walvis Bay recently.

The vessel sailed from Luanda, Angola, and will be heading to the Port Klang, Malaysia, after discharging 439 containers and loading 2 642 containers at the Port of Walvis Bay.

The duration of this process lasted approximately 60 hours.

According to Immanuel !Hanabeb, the commercial executive for Namport, one of the gigantic STS cranes conducted an estimated 853 moves during the operation.

“It is the first time that this occurred since the acquisition of the STS Cranes in February 2019. In the past, the four STS cranes had only been utilized for operations that required a maximum of 46 moves.”

!Hanabeb said the port is also preparing for the maiden call of the Wide Juliet container vessel.

“She arrived on 24 November from Luanda, Angola, and discharged 200 containers. The Wide Juliet which has a carrying capacity of 5 380 TEUs will in future be part of the rotation with Walvis Bay as a port of call.”

Since the inauguration of the new container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay in August 2019 the terminal has become a game changer for port business, allowing its capacity to handle container ships with more than 12 meters of draft.

“The presence of these vessels is testament the ports authority is well on its way to attaining its vision of becoming the best performing world-class port in Africa,” !Hanabeb said.



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