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Historic trial run at North Port

Historic trial run at North Port

Niël Terblanché


HISTORY was made in the Port of Walvis Bay when a vessel transporting fuel products docked at the new oil and gas jetty, also known as the North Port, for the first time ever.


Namport officials indicated that the tanker docked at the oil jetty as a test. The aim of the test run was to check the installed infrastructure on the jetty and the rest of the infrastructure that forms the National Oil Storage Facility (NOSF) in Walvis Bay.


Not only was the abilities and capacity of Namport tested but officials and engineers of Namcor also checked the pipes and tanks where the national fuel reserve will be stored.


Historic trial North Port Walvis Bay vessel transporting fuel products docked
MILESTONE: The Port of Walvis Bay reached another historic target when a tanker vessel berthed at the new oil jetty in the northern part of the harbour for the very first time. – Photo: Niël Terblanché


Once in full use, the NOSF will increase Namibia’s security of fuel supply from 10 to 40 days. Long term plans include the construction of a tank farm near the new oil jetty that will eventually also supply landlocked neighbours of Namibia. In addition to the current storage plans, there are 82 hectares of land still available for the construction of a tank farm in future.


The new facility currently has a total capacity of 75 million litres, which will be able to store various grades of diesel, as well as unleaded petrol, heavy fuel oil and aviation fuel.


The new oil jetty and the new container terminal are two mega projects that will expand the capacity of Namibia’s main port significantly.
The oil jetty consists of two separate berth spaces for tanker vessels and has been dredged to a depth of 16.5 metres below chart datum to accommodate larger vessels.


According to Namcor, the jetty can accommodate vessels with up to 60 000 tonnes of deadweight (DWT).


The infrastructure on the jetty includes four dedicated pipelines for Diesel, Unleaded Petrol, Jet fuel, and heavy fuel oil, which currently covers a total distance of 6.43 kilometres from the Jetty up to the current terminal tank farm.


The jetty further allows vessels to offload fuel products destined for shore tanks, or load products for export onto vessels moored there.


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