Namport steaming ahead

June promises to be another busy month for the Port of Walvis Bay.

02 June 2020 | Infrastructure

The provisional port log indicates that 27 vessels will be calling between 3 and 28 June. This includes 11 container vessels, six fishing vessels, four multipurpose vessels, three general cargo vessels, two Roro’s, one reefer and one tanker.

Namport also assisted with the repatriation of 182 Zimbabwean nationals on Friday. The American passenger liner Carnival Fascination docked at berth 1 of the port of Walvis Bay, with the repatriated Zimbabweans and seven Namibian crew members on board. One hundred crew members were allowed to disembark from the vessel at 12:00 and were escorted by local police to the Walvis Bay airport for a flight back home at 13:00 on Friday. The second group of 80 Zimbabwean nationals were escorted to the airport for their flight at 19:00.

NamPort’s commercial executive, Tino Hanabeb, said that all precautionary measures were met, providing an overview of the steps that were taken to mitigate the risks involved in the operation.

The cruise liner had been in Namibian waters for a number of days and has already departed.

Before the disembarkation of the Namibian and Zimbabwean nationals, crew members from South Africa, Malawi and Mauritius were also allowed to do so.

Hanabeb gave the assurance that a very “strict” process was followed at the airport where the passengers were screened before disembarking.

“This was a special case since it was earlier resolved that passenger liners would not be allowed to enter the port. Before the crew members disembarked, various stipulated conditions had to be met. A very thorough process was followed.”

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