Tracks cleared after accident

Considerable damage

08 April 2021 | Accidents

Johny Smith; TransNamib CEO; “… we need to replace the entire fleet to provide a safe and reliable service to Namibian freight owners.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The scene of the derailment in Swakopmund has been cleared and the rail artery to and from the coast has been restored.

Four locomotives, 25 fuel and container wagons were involved in the derailment on 16 March 2021, causing extensive damage to the railway line.

Cranes were deployed and the salvage operation was completed by Sunday, 21 March, at considerable cost.

TransNamib corporate communications officer Abigail Raubenheimer confirmed that investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.

“There is not much to tell at the moment. It is quite an intensive and time-consuming process. Our engineering department restored the line after a couple of days and it is fully operational.”

Raubenheimer said that no final figure was yet available on the cost of the damage incurred by TransNamib due to the derailment.

“We cannot put a price on the life that was lost. We are busy with assessing the cost in terms of the damage which was extensive to our rolling stock and infrastructure. The investigation will put a cost estimate to this.”

TransNamib CEO Johny Smith visited the accident scene shortly after the incident, which claimed the life of the assistant locomotive driver, Wilhelm Nongameni Joseph.

Smith described the derailment as amongst the worst in the history of Namibia and called for the replacement of the TransNamib locomotive fleet in an interview with Namib Times.

“We know that we have very old locomotives; we need to replace the entire fleet to provide a safe and reliable service to Namibian freight owners,” he said at the accident scene.

TransNamib's senior engineer Joe van Zyl was quoted as saying in The Namibian in 2014 that the average age of locomotives owned by TransNamib is 47 years, and that the coaches can be safely used for up to 60 years if well maintained.

Government bought six new locomotives to the tune of N$300 million for TransNamib from General Electric in 2017.

Back then former acting chief executive officer of TransNamib, Mbahupu Hippy Tjivikua – who received the shipment – said that apart from the six new locomotives, TransNamib owned 97 of which only 52 were operational, with some more than 50 years old.

Tjivikua indicated that TransNamib would need at least 80 new locomotives to replace the existing fleet, adding that it would be more costly to refurbish the old than to acquire the new.

The board of the African Development Bank approved a loan of N$2 billion in December 2017 for Namibia to upgrade a 210km stretch of railway between Walvis Bay and Kranzberg over three years. The loan also covers the upgrade of the road from Windhoek to the international airport.

The minister of works and transport John Mutorwa officiated the start of the upgrade of the Walvis Bay to Kranzberg railway line at Arandis in December 2020.

Similar News


Truck overturns on B2

2 weeks ago - 10 October 2021 | Accidents

A 39-year-old man died in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on the B2 road between Usakos and Arandis. Deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, regional...

Two pilots injured in NDF plane crash

4 weeks ago - 28 September 2021 | Accidents

Karibib • [email protected] Two Namibian army pilots were injured after the eject mechanism of an NDF (Namibia Defence Force) Karakorum-8 (K-8) was activated...

Hit-and-run victim dies

4 weeks ago - 26 September 2021 | Accidents

Walvis Bay A man (62) who was bumped and left at the accident scene, succumbed to the injuries he sustained. Inspector...

Soveelste lorrie raak pad op Usakos byster

2 months ago - 24 August 2021 | Accidents

Windhoek ∙ [email protected] ’n Lorrie met ’n vol vrag ammoniumnitraat het Vrydagmiddag teen vermoedelik só ’n hoë spoed oor die T-aansluiting by die treinstasie...

Child dies in accident

2 months ago - 13 August 2021 | Accidents

A 7-year-old girl died in an accident yesterday afternoon (Thursday) at about 17:00 on the B2 road between Arandis and Usakos. According to Ileni Shapumba,...

Elderly man dies in fire

2 months ago - 02 August 2021 | Accidents

The police in the Erongo region reported a death that occurred during a fire that destroyed nine shacks in Kuisebmond.The regional crime investigations coordinator, chief...

Collision on C-34 claims life

3 months ago - 27 July 2021 | Accidents

Henties Bay A 49-year-old man died in an accident that took place on the C-34 road on Tuesday.According to Nampol’s commander of community affairs...

Skoonhede besoek brandslagoffers

3 months ago - 27 July 2021 | Accidents

Swakopmund • [email protected] Michelle McLean, 'n skoonheidskoningin wat dekades gelede vir Namibië sy enigste Mej. Heelal titel verower het, het onlangs kragte saamgespan...

Henties Bay road claims two lives

3 months ago - 25 July 2021 | Accidents

Two men died after they were involved in a motor vehicle accident at the Henties Bay – Terrace road T-junction on Wednesday morning. The police...

Fire victims plead for donations

3 months ago - 20 July 2021 | Accidents

Swakopmund • [email protected] Namibian Breweries (NBL) donated a tent as well as water to victims of the recent DRC informal settlement shack fire.Ronn...

Latest News

Pastels in the spotlight at...

8 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Various artists are currently displaying their pastel artwork at the Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund. These artists include Paul Dixon, Werner Schröder, Rosemarie Kuchling, Paul...

CATS programme beneficial

9 hours ago | Education

Manica Namibia has been affiliated with the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) programme since 2005, and has had over 39 intakes, with an impressive pass...

Construction sector recovery to take...

9 hours ago | Economics

Windhoek ∙ [email protected] For the past five years, the construction sector continued with a downward trend. The sector recorded negative growth rates of 41.1%,...

Getooi teen kanker

23 hours ago | Events

Walvisbaai • [email protected] Die Walvisbaai-tak van die Kankervereniging van Namibië (CAN) het ’n spoggerige kuier, uitstappie en fietsrit by die Atlantis-sportklub op...

Kry jou tuingereedskap gereed ...

23 hours ago | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected] Die Namibian Community Skills Development Foundation (Cosdef) gaan op 6 November die eerste varsgroentemark en ook ’n landbouprojek by...

Grumpy’s fishing report

23 hours ago | Fishing

The sand sharks are in the shallows which in turn brings the bigger predators closer too. A lot of anglers, including even the most...

Rare, unique catch ...

23 hours ago | Fishing

Ilka Schroeder recently caught a marbled electric ray at Mile 8. Local fishing guru Graham “Grumpy” Gramowsky said this is truly an uncommon catch in...


23 hours ago | Fishing

Tuesday, 26 October High 06:12 Low 11:52 High 18:15 Low 00:17 Wednesday, 27 October High 06:58 Low 12:41...

Playtime Trust hosts top notch...

1 day - 25 October 2021 | Sports

The Walvis Bay-based Playtime Trust Namibia offers multi-disciplinary sports training programmes in soccer, cricket and athletics for the youth at the coast, particularly from disadvantaged...

Load More