Walvis Bay port facilitates movement of more abnormal loads

24 Feb 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – The Port of Walvis Bay continues being a dominant logistics hub in southern Africa, having seen an increase in imported goods to the value of N.dollars 5.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015.
Vehicles unabatedly continue to dominate imported goods, with more than N.dollars 2.7 billion spent on imported vehicles in the first quarter of last year, preceded by the importation of boilers and machinery to a combined value of N.dollars 2.4 billion.
Other goods transported via the Walvis Bay route last year included tanks, fire trucks, harbour cranes, crushers, and excavators.
This information was revealed by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) in a media statement on Tuesday.
The WBCG was established in 2000 to promote the utilisation of the Walvis Bay Corridors, which is a network of transport routes principally comprising of the Port of Walvis Bay, the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lumbumbashi Development Corridor, the Trans-Cunene Corridor, and the Trans-Oranje Corridor.
The statement noted that part of the strategic initiative for the current five-year plan for the WBCG includes connecting southern Africa to the rest of the world in order to facilitate the growth of abnormal and project cargo through Walvis Bay.
“The Port of Walvis Bay has over the past year acquired a number of mobile cranes to support the multipurpose dimension of cargo handling, while we have seen more abnormal truckers exploring Walvis Bay as a faster and safer entry route into the Southern African Development Community,” read the statement.
Craig Pace, the director of international specialised transport and plant installation company Vanguard, was quoted in the statement saying the presence and availability of heavy-lift facilities makes for greater efficiency, especially in terms of the timeous discharging of ships, lower mobilisation costs and quicker access to the quayside.
“As mineral shipments through the Port at Walvis Bay from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia increases, this port is likely to become an important node for southern Africa, hence the upgrade of our facilities,” said Pace.
Heavy-lift port facilities remove the necessity for road permits or abnormal clearances, which make it a more efficient process for customers.
Meanwhile, WBCG Chief Executive Officer Johny Smith proclaimed that the port has attracted more interest in the transportation of abnormal loads in southern Africa.