Copper Cathodes being loaded onto the Unisea Vessel at the Port of Walvis Bay. (Credit: Namport)

Namport recorded a significant milestone when the Unisea vessel docked at the Port of Walvis Bay earlier this week, loading over 8,500 metric tonnes of Copper Cathodes destined to the Port of Panama, United States of America.

The shipment is the second consignment of copper being exported via the Port of Walvis Bay in a breakbulk format as an alternative to containerized export. The copper cathodes are from the Mopani Copper mine in Zambia and were transported to Walvis Bay via road and loaded onto the Unisea vessel.

Due to the ongoing global shortage in containers, it has become a phenomenon for shippers to opt for their consignments to be carried by bulk vessels to ensure continuity of operations and less dependency on containers.

With Namibia’s ports being strategically located along the West Coast of Africa and supplemented by the country’s excellent road infrastructure is rated number one in Africa, the country continues to play a leading role in the facilitation of trade via our transport corridors serving hinterland markets within SADC.

Namibia has four transport corridors that connects it to other SADC countries namely; Trans Kunene Corridor connecting Namibia to Angola, the Walvis Bay Ndola Lubumbashi Development Corridor connecting to Zambia and southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Trans Kalahari Corridor connecting Namibia to Botswana and lastly the Trans Oranje Corridor responsible for connecting Namibia to the Republic of South Africa.

The Namibian ports are not only strategically located, but the Ports Authority has furthered this advantage by investing into state of the art infrastructure and equipment in order to provide a superior customer service experience to everyone making use of its facilities at both ports.