The Pre­ferred Ac­cess to South­ern Africa

Nam­port

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The op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the ocean, known as the “blue econ­omy”, hold much prom­ise for Nam­port in par­tic­u­lar, and for Namibia in general. Op­er­at­ing in a coun­try with lim­ited in­ter­nal ex­pan­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties and a small do­mes­tic mar­ket, it is well known that the coun­try has to look be­yond its bor­ders for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties. The sta­ble po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment in Namibia con­tin­ues to at­tract for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment, and the coun­try is gear­ing it­self to cap­i­talise on ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that presents it­self.

GEARED FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH

Strate­gi­cally sit­u­ated to offer di­rect ac­cess to prin­ci­pal ship­ping routes, Nam­port plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in fa­cil­i­tat­ing global and re­gional trade. Dur­ing the past two decades, Nam­port has made great strides in grow­ing in size and sig­nif­i­cance from a na­tional port to a key role player in the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) re­gion.

Cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at the Port of Walvis Bay, the New Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Project is a mega-project that will add 750,000 TEUs (unit of cargo ca­pac­ity) per an­num to the cur­rent con­tainer ca­pac­ity. The ter­mi­nal is sched­uled for com­mis­sion­ing in 2019.

The first phase of the north­ern de­vel­op­ment, lo­cated 5 km north of the cur­rent port of Walvis Bay, is also cur­rently un­der­way. This de­vel­op­ment will form an im­por­tant part of the Namib­ian Lo­gis­tics Hub, which will po­si­tion Walvis Bay as a ma­jor gate­way to land­locked coun­tries in the SADC re­gion.

These two ex­pan­sion projects are set to fur­ther in­crease Nam­port’s rel­e­vance in re­gional trade, and en­able the coun­try to com­pete as a lo­gis­tics hub for re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trade.

THE FU­TURE IS CHANG­ING

Ports in other coun­tries in south­ern and western Africa are also ex­pand­ing their fa­cil­i­ties at a rapid pace, and plan­ning ma­jor de­vel­op­ments link­ing up to trans-African cor­ri­dors by rail or road. As more mega ves­sels are be­ing built for the ma­jor ship­ping lines, there is an ur­gent need for re­gional ports to cater for larger con­tainer ves­sels. For Nam­port to re­main rel­e­vant, we need to gain an ad­van­tage by hav­ing suit­able in­fra­struc­ture for these larger ves­sels at our ports with­out de­lay.

Nam­port is al­ready con­sid­er­ing var­i­ous in­fras­truc­tural and tech­ni­cal changes to ac­com­mo­date larger con­tainer ves­sels at the port of Walvis Bay, as well as ex­tend­ing the main quay at the port of Lüderitz to ac­com­mo­date two con­tainer ves­sels at the same time.

Africa’s young and grow­ing pop­u­la­tion are the con­sumers of tomorrow who will in­crease de­mand for so­phis­ti­cated im­ported goods, and develop prod­ucts for ex­port.

Please visit www.nam­port.com.na for more in­for­ma­tion.

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