Namport records first-ever simultaneous crane operations

17 Sep 2019 15:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) has for the first time, since the commissioning of the new container terminal in Walvis Bay, recorded simultaneous operations of all four Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes on the same vessel.
The event, which Namport hailed as one of their proudest, took place last week. Operations at the new container terminal commenced on 24 August 2019.
Namport’s Executive for Commercial Services, Immanuel !Hanabeb said in a media release the 4 500 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity vessel (MAERSK IYO) had a call size of 909 moves, including discharge and load.
“The significance of having all four cranes operational on the same vessel simultaneously exponentially increases the moves per hour. This in turn speeds up the turnaround time of vessels, therefore shortening the stay along the quayside,” !Hanabeb said.
He added that this was a proud moment for Namport, placing them in the same league as their competitors.
The new terminal will increase the port’s handling capacity from the current 350 000 TEUs to more than 750 000 per annum.
The terminal also added a further 600 metres of quay wall length to the existing 1 800 metres, which will enable major rehabilitation of existing quay walls to occur with minimal disruption to operations.
The three new berths at the new container terminal will be berths 9, 10 and 11. Berth 9 is the new passenger liner berth.