Vehicle imports continue

07 July 2020 | Infrastructure

A total of 2 427 vehicles were offloaded at the Port of Walvis Bay from RORO vessels from the beginning of 2020 to date.

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) said this happened in spite of the Covid-19 breakout that has negatively affected the movement of goods for all countries, regardless the mode of transportation.

Namport is expecting another 12 RORO vessels calling for during the rest of the year.

The latest RORO to dock in Namibia’s prime port was the Glovis Spirit, which arrived and discharged over 300 vehicles destined for various inland countries. The vehicle carrier that was built in 2013 and is sailing under the flag of Marshall Islands, left for Port Elizabeth from where it will sail to Vigo in Spain. It has a carrying capacity of 20 138t DWT, an overall length (LOA) of 199.97m and a width of 35m.

With the inauguration of the new container terminal in August 2019, space was created at the old container terminal that is currently being utilized as a multipurpose terminal. Vehicles are also parked in this area for security and safety.

Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are cargo ships designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers and railroad cars that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. These type of vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps or ferry slips that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port.

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