The construction of a new container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay on reclaimed land worth N$ 4.2 billion is on schedule for completion at the end this year.
In January, 76% of the project was completed and one of its major components is the commissioning of four new Ship to Shore Container Cranes (STS’s) which arrived at the Port in February, governor of Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, has said during his state of region address last week.
“This is the first time that these cranes are deployed in the Port of Walvis Bay. Namport has to date made use of mobile cranes to load and offload containers from vessels. Most modern ports however, make use of Ship to Shore Quay cranes. These cranes are far more productive then mobile cranes and as such ship turnaround times will indeed be much faster at the Port of Walvis Bay,” he said.
He added that the cranes have arrived at the right time as development is crucial to the economy of the region.
Meanwhile, Mutjavikua also also said that the N$80 million photovoltaic Arandis Solar Power Plant (3MW) which was launched last year is now complete and currently feeding power to Erongo Red.
“In addition, our Rural Electrification Project, which is a self-actualised manifestation of the company’s goal to electrify communities currently not yet on the grid, saw N$ 12 million spent on connecting communities in Daures Constituency,” he said.