The Namibian Ports Authority (NAMPORT) continues to increase its share of cargo handling and position itself as the preferred gateway for the SADC market. The cargo handling volumes increased despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The overall cargo volumes handled at Walvis Bay and Luderitz ports increased by 633,830 tonnes or eleven percent (11%) in comparison to the previous financial year (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020) respectively.
The TEU’s (containerized boxes) handled over the year ended 31 March 2021 increased year on year by 7,338 TEU’s or five percent (5%) on the back of increased transhipment volumes. The surge of transhipment volumes was due to the disruption in carrier networks resulting in vessels being re-routed to the Port of Walvis Bay.
The bulk and break-bulk volumes also increased by 498,733 tonnes or fourteen percent (14%) in comparison to the previous financial year ended (1 April 2019 – 30 March 2020).
The commodities which recorded the largest increases are copper, charcoal, bagged salt, fish and fish products, petroleum, wheat, vehicles, sulphur and manganese ore. Overall, Namport remains positive about the medium to long-term prospects of the business.
The port authority anticipates the growth trajectory to remain for a while, premised on focused marketing efforts, operational efficiency enhancement and the containment of costs.