Passenger vessel visits suspended

Namport will not permit any passenger vessels to call at the Port of Walvis Bay.

24 March 2020 | Infrastructure

The Namibian Port Authority’s commercial executive Tino !Hanabeb confirmed that no cruise ships will be allowed to visit the port due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

!Hanabeb said a memorandum was issued to all ship agents and clients informing them of this decision.

“We cannot allow any passenger vessel entry into the harbour due to the ongoing coronavirus scare and will make appropriate arrangements when someone is in distress on board such a vessel.”



The passenger vessel Astor was due to call at the port on 27 March.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) suspended its entire fleet’s passenger shipping operations and cancelled all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period 13 March to 23 April 2020. The company said that operations would resume on 24 April.

The 20 704-ton vessel with a passenger capacity of 650 and a crew of 300 departed from Durban on 20 March to Bremerhaven in Germany where it is expected to arrive on 12 March.

Ports have denied vessels entry, travellers have cancelled trips and the largest cruise companies in the world have suspended operations in response to Coronavirus.

Cruise lines operate their ships almost constantly. A ship which is out of service for routine maintenance means the loss of tens of millions of dollars.

Cruising has become a major part of the tourism industry.

According to Wikipedia, the cruise line industry is estimated to be worth around US$45.6 billion with around 26 million passengers travelling annually.

Fifteen other vessel are expected to call at the Port of Walvis Bay from 24 to 31 March. These include six container vessels, four fishing vessels, two multipurpose vessels, two general cargo vessels and a tug.

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