Operations on a roll at new container terminal

06 October 2020 | Infrastructure

The new Namport offshore container terminal in Walvis Bay has recorded throughput of 115 146 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in just eight months since becoming operational.

Namport operations executive Raymond Visagie, recently said Namport anticipates an upward growth trajectory despite the effects of Covid-19.

The provisional port log for the month of October indicates 38 vessels will be calling at the port of Walvis Bay. These include 14 container vessels with Border being the largest with a length of 263m, five multipurpose vessels, three Roro’s, six bulk cargo carriers, four tankers, two general cargo vessels, three fishing vessels and a tug.

Another milestone for the port was its record-breaking 46 berth moves per hour on the Maersk Lunz earlier this year at the facility which is now capable of handling container ships with more than 12 meters of draft. Reefers are containers which carry refrigerated cargo like citrus, meat and fish.

The 33 STS crane operators have also undergone intense training on how to effectively and efficiently operate the cranes.

According to Visagie, 281 staff members have been deployed to the container terminal to date with more personnel to be assigned to the facility in future.

The terminal has a capacity of at least 750 000 TEUs per annum and not only provides increased container handling capacity in the Port of Walvis Bay but also increased the port’s bulk and break-bulk handling capacity by freeing up the existing container terminal to be utilized as a multi-purpose terminal.

The new container terminal added 600 metres of quay wall length to the existing 1 800 metres and enables major rehabilitation of the existing quay walls to occur with minimal disruption to operations.

The three new berths at the new container terminal are berth 9, 10 and 11. Berth 9 is the designated passenger liner berth.

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