THE giant container vessel, the Maersk Sheerness has returned to the Port of Walvis Bay and spent the past three days moored at the new container terminal to discharge 439 containers and to load 2 642.
According to Immanuel !Hanabeb, the Commercial Executive of the Namibian Ports Authority, welcomed the 335.41 meters long vessel back at the Port of Walvis Bay on Thursday.
Before docking in Walvis Bay, the vessel sailed from Luanda in Angola and will be heading to the Port of Klang in Malaysia after transhipping the more than 3 000 containers.
According to !Hanabeb the different ship to shore cranes that will be servicing the ship will each have to perform 853 moves to load and unload a large number of containers.
“The large number of moves per crane is another milestone for Namport. It is the first time since they were inaugurated that these giant pieces of machinery will be working at this rate. In the past, the four STS cranes had only been utilized for operations that required a maximum of 46 moves,” he said.
!Hanabeb indicated that the Port is also preparing for the maiden call of the Wide Juliet container vessel.
“She is expected to arrive on 24 November 2020 from Luanda, Angola, and will be discharging 200 containers. The Wide Juliet which has a carrying capacity of 5 380 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) will in the future be part of the vessel’s rotation with Walvis Bay as a port of call.
Since the inauguration of the New Container Terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay in August 2019, the terminal has become a game-changer for Namibia port business.
The increase of capacity allows the new container terminal to handle containerships with a draft of more than 12 metres.
!Hanabeb said the presence of these huge container vessels is a testament that the Namibian Ports Authority is well on its way to attaining its vision of becoming the best performing world-class port in Africa.