Port Luderitz ready to assist bigger shipping liners
The Port Luderitz, located 254 nautical miles south of the Port of Walvis Bay along the country’s coastline, is ready to assist bigger shipping liners, following a successful test run to gauge the carrying cappacity.
Namibia’s Port Authourity (Namport) Corporate Manager, Tana Pesat this week announced that the port had passed with flying colours after the largest vessel carrying Zinc called at the Port of Luderitz, late last year.
“The vessel which was conveying 9000 tons of Zinc Ingots and was heading to China. Consultations between Namport and the client are ongoing for the exportation of manganese to take place through the Port,”Pesat added.
According to the shipping line, on that vessel Port of Luderitz, can load cargo of 26,000 to 30,000 tons.
Currently, the Port of Lüderitz serves the mines in the southern regions of Namibia and north-western South Africa with imports and exports of mining commodities and it is also an important base for the local fishing industry, while the Port Walvis Bay is the country’s largest commercial port, receiving approximately 3,000 vessel calls each year and handling about 5 million tonnes of cargo.