Namport’s Omanda returns to work

13 Jun 2017 18:10pm
WALVIS BAY, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) on Tuesday announced the completion of their refurbished tugboat, Omanda and its return to work.
Omanda means “rhino” in Oshiwambo and the boat is used to manoeuvre vessels by pushing or towing them in and out of the port.
It was salvaged and restored after sinking in January 2015 when it hit a heap of sand.
Port Engineer and Project Manager Elzevir Gelderbloem told Nampa on Tuesday at the ceremony that the boat was written off but the company decided to buy the wreck and repair it.
He said repairing the boat was cheaper than buying a new one.
“It cost N.dollars 25 million to refurbish the boat, while it would have cost N.dollars 60 million to buy a new one.”
He added that investigations also indicated that the boat sank because the navigational buoys were out of position.
The event coincided with the re-commissioning of the quay wall at the port’s small crafts harbour.
Gelderbloem said the quay wall, which was built in 1983, became old and worsened eight years ago when it developed sinkholes.
Work on the quay wall cost the company N.dollars 35 million but will allow the facility to be used for the next 30 to 50 years.
“This year, Namport spent on marine services infrastructure because the division is very important to the operations of the port.”