Maritime history was made in the port of Walvis Bay when the Santa Rosa container vessel of the Maersk shipping line broke an African record for loading the most reefer onto a single vessel.
Reefers are containers which used to transport refrigerated cargo like citrus, meat or fish and while the Santa Rosa was docked at the new container terminal crane operators lifted 334 live reefers onto the vessel while it was docked in the port of Walvis Bay. Live reefers are fully loaded containers that need to be connected to an electricity supply point to keep the cargo inside frozen.
When the Santa Rosa sailed from Walvis Bay, the vessel carried a record of 1 763 live reefers filled primarily by South African fruit. The previous record held by a Maersk container vessel is 1 682 live reefers.
Maersk Port Captain for Angola and Namibia, Mr Louis Coetzee, thanked the Namport team led by Mr Adolph Egumbo for their assistance in breaking an African record and being part of maritime history. He further expressed his gratitude for a job well done and productivity achieved during these difficult times.
“The Port of Walvis Bay continues to play an increasingly important role in regional trade as the key gateway and transhipment port of choice,” Tino Hanabe the Commercial Executive of Namport said.
He said this can be attributed to the port’s location, productivity and the seamless logistics that the port offers as well as its capacity to deliver on the customer satisfaction promise.