Namport attracting new shipping lines – Walvis Bay welcomes Cosco
The Namibian Ports Authority, Namport, is attracting new shipping lines with bigger carriers to the Port of Walvis Bay. This, according to Commercial Executive Mr Immanuel !Hanabeb, comes in the wake of the Port’s goal of becoming a gateway port in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“The handling of the 4 253-TEU container vessel, Cosco Kawasaki, at the port earlier this month is one of the many regular calls the vessel is expected to make at the Port”, he explained. Cosco Shipping Lines includes Walvis Bay in its cargo schedule following a joint shipping service agreement between Pacific International Lines (PIL) from Singapore and Cosco Shipping.
Comet Shipping Agencies (Pty) Ltd, the local office for Cosco Shipping, opened its Walvis Bay office in July 2016 in order to offer dedicated shipping and logistics services to Namibia, SADC and beyond.
Their services include clearing and forwarding, land transportation, customs services, dry bulk services, husbandry services, oil and gas services and support, bunkering and ship spares and repair services.
Cosco Shipping Lines is headquartered in Shanghai and engages international and domestic container shipping and related services. The company’s business scope covers international and domestic container shipping from opening ports in main land China to Hong Kong. In addition to its domestic offices, Cosco’s overseas network consists of 69 foreign offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Oceania, West Asia and Africa.
In order to deal with even higher levels of throughput, Namport has steadily improved its cargo-handling facilities, and remains committed to infrastructure development, in line with its mission to provide efficient and effective port and related services.