Lüderitz Moots Second Bigger Harbour

The historically long-standing town of Luumlderitz in the !Nami#Nuumls Constituency ought to be among the top developed towns in the country.

However, the community blames serving councillors for doing the town an injustice by apparently not doing enough to lure investors.

One should admit the development of Luumlderitz is going at a snail’s pace but the question one should ask is why the stunted growth?

“I acknowledge the unfortunate location of Luumlderitz, which is described by many as too far. However, I do not concur that distance is the hampering factor in the town’s development. If it were, then someone should please elucidate to me as to why Outapi, which is equally far, if not further, from the capital city is infrastructurally growing by the day,” says Luumlderitz Mayor Suzan Ndjaleka.

She further mentioned that, since colonisation, Luumlderitz has been a one entry town, apart from the port, which is mainly utilised by the fishing industry, but due to high port rates, the survival of fishing companies which happen to be the main job creator, comes at the cost of an arm and a leg.

The natural hindrance of shallow waters at Luumlderitz harbour is also another challenge hence a strategically located second port would be highly beneficial for the economic and infrastructural development of the town, equally aiding in the growth and expansion of the entire Karas Region.

The second port development, which is planned for Angra Point, in line with the National Development Plan 4 of positioning Namibia as a preferred transport and logistics hub in Southern Africa, will complement the railway line nearing completion.

A development of this magnitude, as per the words of Namport senior management, requires a lot of planning, research, studies, as well as the involvement of different stakeholders.

However, the crucial active commitment and participation of the board and top management of Namport appear to be lacking.

According to Ndjaleka, there is a feasibility study on the second port, which costs it at N$16 billion.

The current harbour is 8 metres deep and cannot be deepened due to rocks, while the second port will have a natural depth of 16m allowing the port to accommodate bigger vessels and cargo ships.

The current port cannot accommodate bigger vessels, which minimises the cargo handled by Namport. Thus the development will position Luumlderitz as an industrial and commercial port and increase the town’s logistical activities.

“Council has availed itself to render the necessary support for the realisation of this development, and will in the interim continue to attract foreign investors to the town, who are willing to enter into PPP agreements,” said the Luumlderitz mayor.

Source : New Era

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