Steel rails delivery on track

The upgrading of rail infrastructure will result in less pressure on roads and reduced costs.

26 November 2019 | Infrastructure

The second consignment of about 3860 steel rails meant for the upgrading of the Walvis Bay to Kranzberg railway line section, was discharged from the general cargo vessel Vestis Isle at the Port of Walvis Bay on Thursday, 21 November 2019.

This infrastructure upgrade will see an easing of heavy cargo on the road system and furthermore lower landside transport costs into the region.

The most recent consignment of rails which weigh around 7500 metric tonnes will be used to upgrade an approximately 210 km section of railway infrastructure.

The first batch of 6679 tonnes of steel rails arrived at the Port in July this year and was part of a consignment of 20 000 tonnes intended for upgrading of the railway infrastructure.

According to Robert H. Kalomho the director for railway infrastructure management from the Ministry of Works and Transport the delivery of the 20,000 tons of railway line is envisaged to be done in three batches and is expected to be completed in 60 weeks.

The cargo will be delivered to laydown areas in Walvis Bay, Arandis and Usakos.

Kalomho that the last delivery of another 5821 tonnes is expected in March 2020.

Namport executive for commercial service Immanuel Tino !Hanabeb congratulated the team at the multipurpose terminal who managed to discharge the rails in about 7 days, compared to previous discharges over longer periods of time.

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