… As Walvis also attracts new shipping lines, with bigger carriers
THE Port of Lüderitz has reported the increased handling of solar panels and accessories destined for the Thermoelectric Solar Plant in Bokpoort, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
The plant is receiving solar pieces including an oil interchanger, steam turbine, steam generator system, transformer, condenser, pre-heater, ullage tanks, a horizontal flash tank (HFT) vessel, workshop tanks, a blow-out protector and HFT heaters, weighing between 30 and 230 tons.
According to Port of Lüderitz marketing specialist, Cecil Kamupingene, this is indicative of the port’s growth.
“Our business portfolio is growing and becoming more diverse, transforming us into a viable alternative port into Southern Africa”, he explained.
The solar panels and its accessories are received under hook in the Port of Lüderitz and moved in a timely manner.
According to Kamupingene the Port of Lüderitz has also been facilitating the movement of blades and tower components for the construction of wind turbines. The first consignment, which came to an end in July, saw the first-ever wind farm in Namibia near completion.
Built by Inno Sun Energy Holdings, who entered into a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Lüderitz Town Council, this wind farm will generate renewable energy and add five megawatts of electricity to the national power grid.
The port is currently awaiting one more port call to complete the second consignment for two more wind turbines to be constructed at Elizabeth Bay Mine, owned by Namdeb, 30km outside of Lüderitz.
The infrastructure for both projects was carried by Maersk Shipping Line and included tower components, which came from China and stands at about 80m tall when assembled. Each tower will have three blades, which are 42m in length. The blades arrived from Germany.
Kamupingene adds that the geographic location of the port, as well as its good road linkage, presents customers with a suitable transport route for moving their cargo more efficiently.
Meanwhile, Namport is attracting new shipping lines with bigger carriers to the Port of Walvis Bay. This, according to Namport Commercial Executive, Immanuel !Hanabeb, comes in the wake of the port’s goal of becoming a gateway port in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“The handling of the 4 253-TEU container vessel, Cosco Kawasaki, at the port earlier this month is one of the many regular calls the vessel is expected to make at the port”, he explained.
Cosco Shipping Lines includes Walvis Bay in its cargo schedule, following a joint shipping service agreement between Pacific International Lines (PIL) from Singapore and Cosco Shipping.
Comet Shipping Agencies (Pty) Ltd, the local office for Cosco Shipping, opened its Walvis Bay office in July 2016, in order to offer dedicated shipping and logistics services to Namibia, SADC and beyond. Their services include clearing and forwarding, land transportation, customs services, dry bulk services, husbandry services, oil and gas services and support, bunkering and ship spares and repair services.
Cosco Shipping Lines is headquartered in Shanghai and engages international and domestic container shipping and related services. The company’s business scope covers international and domestic container shipping from opening ports in mainland China to Hong Kong. In addition to its domestic offices, Cosco’s overseas network consists of 69 foreign offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Oceania, West Asia and Africa.
In order to deal with even higher levels of throughput, Namport has steadily improved its cargo handling facilities, and remains committed to infrastructure development, in line with its mission to provide efficient and effective port and related services.
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