Namibian Ports Authority continues to make positive strides

Latest figures indicating the total year-on-year cargo handled amounted to 6.5 million tons, indicating an increase of 6%. Vessel visits also increased by 289 vessels or 22%.

Increase in vessel calls predominantly due to an increase in petroleum vessels, Namibian and foreign fishing vessels, foreign tugs as well as research vessels.

This despite ongoing challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, global container shortage and blank sailings, Namport recorded positive growth during the 2021/2022 financial year.

The port authority also announced that Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) handled amounted to 168 278, of which 61 106 TEUs or 36% were exported.

A further 69 467 TEUs or 41% were imports and 37 705 TEUs or 22% were transshipments. TEUs increased by 12 298 or 8%, year-on-year.

According to Namport CEO Andrew Kanime, the increases were mainly due to increased containerised commodities such as copper, charcoal, frozen fish, marble, frozen poultry, sugar, chemicals, scrap steel and wooden products.

Namport further indicated that bulk and breakbulk (BBB) volumes handled amounted to 4.4 million, of which, 1.8 million tonnes or 40% were exports, 2.6 million tonnes or 59% imported, and 34 709 tonnes or 1% were transshipped.