Namport ship repair facility is among the best - Uirab

16 Apr 2014 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bisey Uirab says the port’s ship repair facility is has developed to become one of the best along the west coast of Africa.
Uirab made this remark here on Wednesday at an information session on the logistics hub concept for Namibia. The information session was held by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group in collaboration with the National Planning Commission (NPC).
“The facility is a fairly new development that only started around 2005. That is when we started with a dedicated ship repair facility,” he said.
The facility mainly focuses on repairing vessels that are servicing the oil industry along the west coast of Africa.
Uirab said the port is currently planning to also expand the ship repair activity, as it creates a lot of employment for the people, builds skills and brings foreign currency into the country.
“And with that, the supporting infrastructure of the industry also gets engaged. Thus, it is an important activity that we perform at the port of Walvis Bay,” the Namport CEO added.
He went on to explain that for the country to develop the Luderitz and Walvis Bay ports, there is a need to penetrate into the greater markets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Uirab said Namibia has developed various corridors such as the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Corridor and the Trans-Cunene Corridor, which have helped the country see the growth that it has been seeing over the past 10 years, particularly through the port of Walvis Bay.
“Without these corridors being operational, we can forget about all investments that we are making into these ports,” Uirab stressed.
He further explained that in terms of Namibia’s strategic plan, the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) has made provision for the development of a logistics hub in Namibia.
However, the Namport’s CEO noted that if the country cannot manage to develop these markets, then Namibia cannot talk about making NDP4 goals a reality.
“That is why it is important that the private sector and the public sector, through the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, should work together to ensure that once commodities come to the port of Walvis Bay or Luderitz, we get these commodities through to these countries seamlessly,” he said.