British cruise ship first to dock at Namport’s new terminal

The MS Boudicca cruise ship from Britain on Sunday became the first passenger liner to dock berth 9 at the newly constructed container terminal at Namport.

The ship which is on a five months world tour, departed from Dover, United Kingdom early October.

The ship's captain Juha Sartela told the media during a briefing on the ship, that he and his crew members are privileged to have been the first passenger liner to dock at the new terminal.

It was a surprise to us when we heard we would be the first cruise ship to use the new terminal. It was also very easy as we did not have to ask around for where to dock, Sartela said.

The ship, is about 206 metres long and 28 metres wide with 570 crew members. It has a maximum capacity of 850 passengers, however the captain noted that it is more comfortable when a minimum of 720-780 passengers are onboard.

There are currently over 500 passengers on the cruise ship, whose next destination is Luderitz, before leaving Namibia for Cape Town.

Last month, Namport for the first time, since the commissioning of the new container terminal in Walvis Bay, recorded simultaneous operations of all four Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes on the same vessel.

The 4 500 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity vessel (MAERSK IYO) had a call size of 909 moves, including discharge and load.

The container terminal added an additional 600 metres (m) of quay wall length to the existing 1800m, which will enable major rehabilitation of existing quay walls to occur with minimal disruptions to operators.

Source: Namibia Press Agency