Namport welcomes new executive for port operations

Leandrea Louw
Walvis Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) announced the appointment of Richard Mutonga Ibwima as the new executive for port operations from 17 January 2022.

Elias Mwenyo, the executive for commercial services congratulated the new appointee and highlighted that Ibwima gained extensive leadership experience in the industry in a statement issued by Namport. “We are confident that he will play a significant role in cultivating the high-performance culture, which we are striving for in the port operations function in order for us to optimize efficiencies of our operations, maximize the satisfaction of our customers, and overall attain Namport’s strategic goals going forward. We congratulate Richard on his appointment, and wish him success in his new role as we strive towards achieving our vision to be the best performing seaports in Africa”, Mwenyo concluded.

Before his appointment as the executive for port operations, Ibwima was employed as the manager for terminals. He joined Namport in December 2015 and advanced through the ranks having started his long and illustrious career with Namport as a protection services officer in the risk management department.

Ibwima later moved to the cargo services department, as cargo and planning coordinator and later on as a port operations coordinator at the container and general cargo terminals between 2004 and 2009. He was subsequently promoted to the container terminal, where he remained until his temporary departure from Namport in April 2012.

Ibwima returned to Namport in April 2015, following a three-year stint in Sudan where he was employed as a terminal project manager. During this time, he gained immense international port management experience. He worked as the manager: port terminal operations planning on his return until January 2016 and was later transferred to the position of manager: terminals, a position he held until his latest promotion and worked on strategic projects such as the port automation and port expansion projects where he served as a project subject matter operations lead, expertise he continues to render to date.

Ibwima holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a major in Port Management from the Middlesex University London (UK) which he obtained in 2015, a Diploma in Port Management from the Lloyd's Maritime Academy (UK) obtained in 2006, a Certificate in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management Graduate School of Marketing (SA) as well as numerous other qualifications.