26 Jun 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) - The Botswana Dry Port in Walvis Bay is expected to be operational from 01 July 2014, Botswana Railways' Commercial Manager Mthulusi Lotshe said on Wednesday.
Lotshe made the announcement during the Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC) information session hosted by the Trans-Kalahari Corridor secretariat in Windhoek on Wednesday.
He said the objective of the dry port is to consolidate maritime goods into inter-modal and long distance transport flows.
The other objectives of the dry port include improving cargo processing through coordinated operations; facilitating collection and distribution of local, regional and international transport; and integrating Botswana and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region with the Walvis Bay port, Lotshe said.
He said the port aims to strengthen multi-modal solutions and create opportunities for new services, as well as reduce total transport and logistics costs and journey time.
Lotshe stressed that the dry port will strengthen the role of the Walvis Bay port in the freight logistics and transport value chain; consolidate individual or unsynchronised container flows to and from Botswana; and provide a catalyst to Botswana's growing economy by creating appropriate infrastructure, processes and a supportive regulatory environment to encourage international trade.
The dry port will offer services such as cartage services, container handling, stacking, storage, break bulk terminal, a general purpose warehouse, empty container park and value added services such as customs clearance.
Lotshe noted that Seal Rail (Pty) Limited was established in 2013 to operate a dry port adjacent to the Namibian Port Authority (NamPort) in Walvis Bay. Seal Rail is a subsidiary company registered in Namibia and wholly owned by Botswana Railways.
The dry port comprises an area of 36 200 square metres, and is located at the southern-eastern side of NamPort, next to the TransNamib locomotive maintenance depot.
Over N.dollars 60 million has been injected into the construction of the Botswana Dry Port.