Manganese shipment revives Ariamsvlei-Luderitz railway

With Manganese being transported from the Northern Cape Province in South Africa to the Port L and #971;deritz the process has revive the railway line between Ariamsvlei and L and #971;deritz.

The manganese is being transported from the Tshipi e Ntle manganese mine through the Trans Oranje Corridor Route to the Port of L and #971;deritz before exported to the international market.

Speaking at the commissioning of the first manganese shipment through the port of L and #971;deritz on Friday, TransNamib Executive: Commercial and Marketing, Hippy Tjivikua said on the 01 of August this year TransNamib successfully more the first train from Ariamsvlei to L and #971;deritz.

This exodus marks the beginning of an avalanche of request from the Northern Cape to more freight by rail through the Port of L and #971;deritz and Walvis Bay He said.

Tjivikua expressed profoundness over TransNamib involvement in the new supply chain to evacuate manganese to the markets for production, beneficiation and value addition.

More customers are starting to queue at up, those customers that have engaged with us this far want evacuate an additional 6 million of tons per annum. There no even more request to add more products such as iron ore, grapes and containers, said Tjivikua.

He said all these new opportunities are timely for Namibia as the country position itself as a logistic hub and provide alternative trade routes in Southern Africa.

Tjivikua went on to say the new development are in line with the TransNamib integrated business plan as approved by Cabinet late last year that advocates for robust implementation of the road-to-rail strategy noting that the strategy aims for the railway to increase its market share and move at least 70 per cent of freight by rail.

These are ambitious and difficult targets but it is doable especially with all your support and commitment, there is indeed many good spin offs for our country, said Tjivikua.

He cited that despite TransNamib embracing the new opportunities it still faces some challenges.

The potential new volumes cannot be carried by the current fleet alone but we need to devise new mechanisms to acquire new and reliable rolling stock from reputable suppliers, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency