No nuclear waste or other forms of radioactive materials lands at ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz

WALVIS BAY: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Bisey /Uirab says no nuclear waste or other forms of radioactive materials lands at the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.

He said this in a media statement responding to queries from the residents of Walvis Bay’s Narraville residential area, who are opposing the establishment of a storage facility of dangerous goods near the area.

He said as per Namport’s records, and since the inception of Namport in 1994, no nuclear waste or any other form of radioactive goods has landed at the Namibian ports.

The only exception is the export uranium oxide (yellow cake from the Namibian Uranium Mines). Due to the low radiation levels, this cargo is only allowed three days storage in the port before shipment, he said.

The CEO said though Namport recognises that the establishment of such a facility has positive spin-offs for Namibia, the ports authority has no direct or indirect interest in the establishment of a hazardous cargo facility intended to be erected by Native Storage Facility.

Narraville residents are strongly opposing the storage of the dangerous goods, including explosives and radioactive material, near the residential area.