TransNamib procures six new trains from Brazil

14 Jan 2017 10:10am
WALVIS BAY, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – State-owned railway enterprise, TransNamib procured six new trains from Brazil that were Friday offloaded at the Port of Walvis Bay.
They are expected to be operational in about two weeks, TransNamib Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mbahupu Hippy Tjivikua said.
He received the trains at the port and said they are worth about N.dollars 300 million, which was sourced from Government.
TransNamib, he said, now owns 97 trains of which only 52 are operational, while the others are not in working order.
“These are the best locomotives TransNamib ever bought, they have modern technology and are fuel efficient. I have no doubt that they will serve their purpose,” he said.
Tjivikua explained the procurement process started two years ago with the aim to ensure efficient transportation of goods in the country.
He said the need to buy new trains came from the aging ones owned by the company, adding TransNamib is expecting the new trains to increase company profit because more goods will now be transported than before.
“We need to acquire 80 extra trains in the next four years for us to be able to say we are at a good standard,” said the CEO.
The aging railway is another challenge for the company but Tjivikua said it is receiving attention.
“We cannot bring new trains to use on old railway lines, so what we are going to do in the meantime is to repair the railways.”